First it was the turn of LG, Nvidia, Ericsson, Amazon and Sony, now another important defection arrives: Intel also announces that it will not be present at MWC 2020, the most important fair in the world for smartphones and mobile technologies. The spread of coronavirus continues, declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on 30 January, an epidemic that together with the growing number of defections by the most important IT giants is putting the development of this edition of the Mobile World Congress MWC 2020 increasingly at risk.
But among the announcements of these hours, not only Intel's withdrawal from MWC 2020 stands out: Vivo and NTT Docomo have also declared that they will not be in Barcelona for the fair. With the withdrawal of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, the scheduled presentation of the Vivo Apex 2020 concept terminal jumps: the company announces that the revised plans will be announced soon. Naturally Intel, Vivo and NTT Docomo specify that the withdrawal from MWC 2020 motivated by concerns for the health and safety of employees, the public and commercial partners.
In addition to the defections, some companies have announced the reduction of events and appointments such as TCL and tougher prevention measures, such as Xiaomi. The safety and well-being of all our employees and partners is our top priority and we have withdrawn from this year's Mobile World Congress out of plenty of caution as Venturbeat reports from an Intel spokesperson. So far GSMA, the global organization that brings together smartphone manufacturers and mobile operators, has responded to the numerous and important defections by continuing to increase preventive and health measures.
In its latest update dated 9 February, travelers coming from the province of Hubei where the epidemic started were forbidden to enter the fair. In addition, any traveler who has visited China recently will have to prove that he was out of the country 14 days before MWC 2020. The fair will start on February 24th, thus reducing safety margins and filling in many trips and transfers for numerous Chinese companies that they are present at the Mobile World Congress every year.
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