The Swedish technology manufacturerEricssonhas announced its decision not to go toMobile World Congress(MWC) 2020, held from February 24 to 27 in Barcelona, as a precaution against thecoronavirus spread, since it considers that it cannot guarantee the safety of employees and visitors.
In this way, the company becomes the second largest international company that decides to withdraw from the MWC of 2020, after the Korean manufacturerLG Electronicsannounced last Tuesday thatYou won’t go to this year’s editionas a preventive measure against the outbreak of coronavirus.
In a statement, Ericsson explains that, following the outbreak and the continued spread of coranavirus, it has closely followed its development and adhered to the recommendations of the relevant national authorities and international organizations such as theWorld Health Organization(WHO).
In this context, the Swedish company notes that it has already taken a series of precautionary measures to guarantee the health and safety of employees and minimize the impact that the coronavirus could have on its operations: “After an extensive internal evaluation of the risks, Ericsson has decided to take more precautionary measures by withdrawing from MWC Barcelona 2020, the biggest event in the telecommunications industry. “
In this regard, he states that he appreciates that the GSMA, the event’s organizing body, has done “everything possible” to control the risk. However, he adds that,as one of the largest exhibitors, it has thousands of visitors at its stand every day and even, although the risk is low, “it cannot guarantee the health and safety of its employees and visitors.”
“TheHealthand the safety of our employees, customers and other interested parties areour top priority. This is not a decision we have made lightly. We were eager to show our latest innovations at the MWC in Barcelona. It is very unfortunate, but we firmly believe that the most responsible business decision is to withdraw our participation from this year’s event, “said the president and CEO of Ericsson,Börje Ekholm.
Once this decision is made, the Swedish manufacturer points out that, to showcase its product portfolio and its latest innovations, it will bring the demonstrations and content that it had created for MWC Barcelona to customers in its national markets with local events called‘Ericsson Unboxed‘.