The organizing association of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), GSMA, has attributed the cancellation of this edition of the show to the “global concern” around the epidemic of the coronavirus, but has guaranteed that the event will return to Barcelona in 2021 and onwards editions
In a statement released this afternoon, the CEO of the GSMA, John Hoffman, said that this global concern about the coronavirus, the travel of attendees and other circumstances made it “impossible” to host the event, but has guaranteed the commitment of future of the GSMA with Barcelona.
Hoffman wanted to make it clear, “with all due respect to the safe and healthy environment” offered by Barcelona and Spain, that the crisis caused by the fear of the coronavirus, which has led several dozen technology companies to cancel their presence, prevented hosting this Mobile year.
Along these lines, he added that the administrations “understand and respect” the decision adopted by the GSMA, and stressed that this association and the administrations involved will continue “working in unison and supporting each other for the MWC Barcelona of 2021 and future editions” , thus confirming GSMA’s commitment to the Catalan capital.
The GSMA statement also has a memory for those affected by the coronavirus in both China and the rest of the world.
Hoffman recalls that since the first edition of the MWC in Barcelona in 2006, this event has brought together industry, governments, operators and other actors in the telecommunications sector.
The manager plans to assess the decision to cancel the MWC 2020 tomorrow at a press conference, and will do so accompanied by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, the L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Núria Marín, and representatives of the Government, the Generalitat and Fira de Barcelona.
The event will take place at 10.30 am in Palace 8 of the Montjuïc fairgrounds.