In the last one week, regular withdrawals by industry stakeholders forced GSMA to cancel MWC Barcelona 2020 for the fist time since 2006
GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 after taking feedback from industry, government, policymakers across the broader ecosystem due to Coronavirus outbreak.
MWC Barcelona has been happening since 2006 but for the first time the event has been cancelled keeping in view the ramifications of Coronavirus outbreak.
With lot of cancellations in the last one week across geographies and industry ecosystem, GSMA had no other option but to cancel MWC Barcelona. Had it not cancelled, the event would have lost its significance as majority of large players both vendors and service providers had withdrawn from the event and this would have impacted traffic to a large extent which was around 100,000+ in 2019 edition.
Speaking on the cancellation, John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA said, “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”
“The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world,” added Hoffman.
It is good to know that GSMA has taken this decision in the larger interest of all stakeholders so that MWC still retains the No. 1 tag in terms of technology event for future editions.