MWC 2020 phone event canceled because of coronavirus outbreak

From CNET: Mobile World Congress 2020 is canceled. The GSMA, the organization responsible for the Barcelona event, announced Wednesday that it's calling off this year's MWC, a major event for the mobile phone industry, given the number of companies withdrawing because of the coronavirus.

"The global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for GSMA to hold the event," John Hoffman, CEO of the GSMA, said in a statement.

A week ago, LG was the first big name to announce that it would be pulling out of MWC, which had been scheduled to take place at the end of this month. In subsequent days, a who's who of tech companies, including AT&T, Facebook and Amazon, cancelled their participation in the annual event. The number of dropouts snowballed until only a handful of the event's major exhibitors remained. The companies withdrawing cited the health risk that the coronavirus posed to their employees at the show, which attracts over 100,000 attendees from around the world.

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