GSMA, the company that organizes the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is scheduled to be held in Barcelona between February 24 and 27, will meet urgently at 2 pm today to address the possible cancellation of the event, as reported by sources in the sector. GSMA planned to meet next Friday to make a decision, but in recent days there have been several companies that have announced their intention not to attend the meeting, which has precipitated the events. Between the last resignations there are two of great weight: those of Deutsche Telekom and British Telecoms, two of the largest operators in Europe. They have joined Nokia and the japanese Rakuten. Deutsche sources have assured Reuters that other major European “telecos” could announce their resignations today. As regards those operating in Spain, Orange is the only one that has announced its presence in the event. Telefónica, which acts as a hostess when held in Spain, has not yet spoken.
In a statement, Nokia explained that, after “carefully” analyzing the situation, it was prudent to not attend Mobile. “While the health and safety of our employees is our absolute priority, we also recognize that we have a responsibility to the industry and our customers. In view of this, we have taken the necessary time to assess a fast-moving situation, interact with the GSMA and other interested parties, regularly consult experts and external authorities and plan risk management based on a wide range of scenarios. ” , explained the Finnish manufacturer.
Intel, Cisco, Vivo, AT&T, Sprint, McAfee, Facebook, Ericsson, Amazon, Sony, LG, Umidigi, Nvidia, NTT Docomo and Gigaset have been other companies that have given up attending the event, while Chinese technology manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi have confirmed their presence.
The GSMA committee is made up of 26 companies and operators in the mobile industry, among which are Telefónica, Orange, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, Verizon, NTT Docomo and Turkcell. Among the companies that make up the committee are Deutsche Telekom and NTT Docomo, which have been known to not attend MWC due to the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus.