NEW DELHI: London-based GSMA or GSM Association that represents more than 800 telecom carriers is considering postponing its ambitious Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 after the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China.
According to some reports emerging, GSMA is expected to decide whether to cancel or postpone the event which is starting from February 24 this year. But, the group has not confirmed any such consideration.
China’s telecom giant Huawei Technologies, Citi Bank, Deloitte, RedHat, Nvidia are some of the top sponsors for the event.
Last year, more than 100,000 individuals mainly telecom industry executives and government officials from across more than 200 countries attended the annual event.
Meanwhile, the UK-based group said that it has enhanced the measures for attendees and exhibitors and travelers from China’s Hubei province would not be allowed to attend the mega conference-cum-show.
The organisers will also be starting a 24-hour medical and security telephone helpline.
Despite assurances, several big-ticket exhibitors and sponsors have withdrawn from the event. These include Swedish Ericsson, Amazon Web Services, NTT DoCoMo, Nvidia, Sony, Ciena, MediaTek, InterDigital, Amdocs, Intel, and Chinese handset maker Vivo, a part of BBK group.
However, European service providers – BT, Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica formed a panel, and are also considering their participation.