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Coronavirus: LG and ZTE cancel their conferences at MWC 2020

LG Stand - MWC
 
The coronavirus forced LG and ZTE to cancel their MWC 2020 conferences in Barcelona. Both companies say they want to avoid unnecessary risk and inconvenience to their employees. The GSM Association, the organization behind the show, says the MWC is still going according to plan. Unsurprisingly, the organizers will nevertheless take precautions.
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LG Stand - MWC
 

The Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona at the end of February, is the world’s largest gathering of mobile technology, with almost all major telecommunications companies holding conferences and announcing new products at the exhibition.

Questioned by our colleagues The Verge, The ZTE spokesperson announced the cancelation of their expected conference at MWC 2020.“We tend to be an overly courteous company, and simply don’t want to make people uncomfortable,” explains the Speaker to The Verge. Obviously, the Chinese group believes that the presence of its employees at the show is likely to displease visitors.

 
 
ZTE also discusses the difficulties in obtaining a visa and traveling from China to the rest of the world. To date, 28 airlines have taken steps to stem the spread of the epidemic outside of China. For example, flights to Chinese soil are suspended by most airlines. Some countries, including Russia, have even decided to close their borders with Chinese nationals.
 

LG Announce the same statement as ZTE

 
Shortly after ZTE, LG announced a similar statement. “With the safety of its employees and general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain. This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised,” the LG spokesperson said to The Verge. “In lieu of its participation in MWC, LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products,” announced LG.
 
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MWC Barcelona 2020 / credit : GSMA MWC
 
In particular, LG had planned to present the LG G9 ThinQ and the LG V60 ThinQ during the MWC. In general, LG also takes advantage of the show to highlight its new TVs.
 
 

A limited impact on MWC 2020

 
The GSM Association, organizer of the Mobile World Congress, says that the coronavirus epidemic has had’ minimal impact on the event so far’ and that the show’ will go as planned.’ The MWC will therefore open its doors in Barcelona on Monday, 24 February 2020. However, the organization will take’ energetic measures to contain and minimize any further spread of the virus.’ Among the measures mentioned by the GSM Association, there is an’ increased cleaning and disinfection program,’ an’ increased on-site medical support’ and a’ handshake-free policy’ for participants.
 
Stated by the World Health Organization, coronavirus is a pneumonia-like disease that has hit nearly 35,000 people and killed more than 720 people as of Feb. 7. The virus was first spotted in December in Wuhan, China, and has propagate to many other nations. The coronavirus, in addition to its dangers, has had a snowball effect on companies and the global industries. Companies such as Apple, Google and Nintendo have closed their offices, limited business travel and experienced disturbances to the supply chain.
 
Source : The Verge
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