Now NVIDIA to skip MWC due to coronavirus risk

Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 as Coronavirus concerns intensify

"Ericsson has thousands of visitors in its hall each day and even if the risk is low, the company can not guarantee the health and safety of its employees and visitors", the company said.

As for Ericsson, the company plans on exhibiting its technologies to prospective customers in their home markets with events called "Ericsson Unboxed".

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "The health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders are our highest priority". We've been looking forward to sharing our work in AI, 5G, and vRAN with the industry. Dates for these events, however, have not been announced yet. Earlier today, Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson confirmed that the company won't be making an appearance at the event.

The Mobile World Conference will open its doors on February 24, and approximately 100,000 people from all over the world are expected to attend in order to witness the latest announcements in the mobile phone industry.

We already knew the disastrous disease Coronavirus has hit China and spread in at least 15 countries.

The list of organizations passing on MWC under the current circumstances now includes NIVIDIA along with Ericsson and LG.

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Chinese-based ZTE has made a decision to cancel its Devices Press conference scheduled on February 25, although it is still planning on attending the event.

The show's organisers, GSMA, said it regretted and respected Ericsson's decision to pull out. It also said it would staff its stand with employees from outside China.

About the GSMA The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

The MWC organiser GSMA stated that it is keeping track of and also examining the prospective effect of the coronavirus on its occasions held every year in Barcelona, Shanghai and also Los Angeles and also in addition to the Mobile 360 Series of local seminars.

Furthermore, GSMA has initiated many measures to help to mitigate the spread of the virus and is continuing to add other actions regularly.

"Ericsson's cancellation will have some impact on our presence at this time and will potentially have further impact", the group said.

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