Mobile World Congress won’t be cancelled, but companies continue to pull out (update: it’s cancelled)

Dave W. Shanahan

In light of the spreading threat of the coronavirus in China, more companies are pulling out of the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC 2020) as a precaution. Despite how it may appear, or the news that filtered out yesterday, MWC 2020 isn’t canceled. As noted in a post by MSPU, more than 20 high-profile companies have already pulled out of the Barcelona-based tech event, including Facebook, Amazon, Sony, LG, HMD Global (Nokia), Nvidia, Intel, and others.

(update: the event has been cancelled)

The Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, started in China and is responsible for more than 1,000 deaths worldwide. Recently, Pocketnow reported that HMD Global is also backing out of MWC 2020. HWM Global was expected to release a number of new Nokia phones, including the Nokia 8.2 5G, Nokia 5.2, and the Nokia 1.3. It was also rumored that HMD Global would introduce a new WearOS smartwatch.

There are no plans to cancel MWC 2020 this year, but with enough big names already pulling out of the event, it might be a wise decision. MWC 2020 is set to take place in Barcelona, Spain on February 24-27, 2020.

What are your thoughts on canceling MWC 2020 due to the coronavirus? Let us know in the comments.