The coronavirus outbreak has badly impacted Mobile World Congress 2020 with the withdrawal of Amdocs, InterDigital, CommScope, Accedian and Dali Wireless. The event has has already seen withdrawal from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ericsson, F5 Networks, LG, NTT DoCoMo, Nvidia, Sony and Viavi Solutions last week.
Amdocs, a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies has announced it is prioritizing the health and safety of its employees, customers and partners and will not attend the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in Barcelona.
“In the face of the public health concern from the novel coronavirus, we are placing the highest priority on protecting the health of our employees, customers and partners. While we appreciate the precautionary measures put into place by the GSMA, we believe the safest option is not to attend MWC 2020 in Barcelona,” said Shuky Sheffer, president and chief executive officer, Amdocs.
InterDigital, a mobile and video technology research and development company has announced that the company is withdrawing from Mobile World Congress given concerns over the continued coronavirus outbreak.
“InterDigital has a very proud history at Mobile World Congress: over the years we’ve taken advantage of the event to unveil numerous world’s firsts in communications technology, and this year we were excited to show some groundbreaking demos including a working 6G platform. However, nothing is more important to us than the health and welfare of our employees. We’ll be reaching out to our various stakeholders to discuss better means of bringing our new technologies to them and engaging in the important discussions that always take place in Barcelona,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO.
With the continued global threat of the Coronavirus, CommScope has made the decision to cancel our physical presence at Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona.
This is not a decision our executive team took lightly, and although the likelihood of contracting the virus is low, we will not risk the health of our employees, nor the business impact that would result if a quarantine were ordered.
Dali Wireless, a global leader in wireless fronthaul innovation for virtual RAN has decided to withdraw its attendance from MWC Barcelona amid growing concerns surrounding the Novel Coronavirus.
Dali’s top priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of its employees and ecosystem. After numerous internal discussions, Dali has come to the decision to pull-back on their international appearances, for the near term, at events such as MWC, the mobile communications industry’s premier event.
“This was not a decision we took lightly, but ultimately, it’s not worth us potentially exposing our employees to health and safety risks, or propagating the spread of the virus with international travel. We have been following the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcements and recommendations, and feel that it’s safer to ground all non-essential travel for the time being,” said Dr. Albert Lee, CEO, Dali Wireless.
Accedian, the leader in performance analytics and end user experience solutions, today announced its decision to withdraw from the Mobile World Congress event being held in Barcelona due to concerns regarding the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
“After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to withdraw from MWC 2020. This was not a decision taken lightly. We’ve been extensively following the development of the virus and the recommendations of the WHO, and we have come to the conclusion that we must take the necessary precautions to protect our most cherished and valued assets: our employees,” said Dion Joannou, CEO, Accedian.
The event will see more withdrawals with each passing day as death toll of deadly coronavirus has reached 1,016 and it has already affected 42,638 people all over the world. For Mobile World Congress 2020, this week is crucial as companies are planning to take their final decision to withdraw or participate in the event.