Technology LG Electronics is withdrawing from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus

00:25  05 february  2020
00:25  05 february  2020 Source:   theverge.com

LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus concerns

  LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus concerns Mobile World Congress is the event the world -- or at least, our particularly nerdy corner of it -- looks to for annual updates in smartphones, networking technology and more. This year, as concerns over a growing coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, LG has decided that the Barcelona-based trade show isn't worth the risk. "With the safety of its employees and general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain," a statement emailed to reporters said.

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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the world ’s biggest mobile trade show, but the coronavirus will be making it a little smaller this year. Chinese phone manufacturer and telecom giant ZTE just confirmed that it ’s canceling its press conference at MWC 2020, citing secondary effects of

LG Electronics, the division of LG Corporation responsible for mobile phones and other consumer tech, says it will be withdrawing from the upcoming Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, Spain due to the coronavirus outbreak. LG’s decision follows ZTE’s cancellation of its MWC press conference earlier today.

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“With the safety of its employees and general public foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain. This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised,” an LG spokesperson said in a statement given to The Verge. “In lieu of its participation in MWC, LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products.”

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The MWC is one of the top three tech events in the world , along with the Consumer Electronics Show in the "At this moment, we are not considering withdrawing from the event." More than 3,000 South Koreans So far, more than 250 people were killed in the Asian nation due to the novel coronavirus

MWC, a smartphone-centric conference, is held annually every February in Barcelona, and its a primary destination for Asian consumer electronics manufacturers to showcase new phones and other tech on a world stage. The conference’s organizers, trade group GSMA, have said the 2020 show “will proceed as planned” and said just earlier this morning that there has been “minimal impact on the event thus far” due to the coronavirus outbreak. Yet GSMA has also issued a number of measures to try and mitigate risk, including a no-handshake policy at the show and more aggressive hygiene measures around speaker microphones and demo booths.

The latest numbers on the coronavirus, which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, include 400 people killed and more than 20,000 sick, as well as substantial restrictions on travel to and from mainland China and business operations within the country. It’s unclear whether the Chinese government plans to advise people to return to work once the extended Lunar New Year holiday ends on February 10th.

Coronavirus fears force cancellation of giant tech conference in Spain .
The event, MWC Barcelona, is the telecommunications sector’s biggest annual gathering. Last year more than 100,000 people attended, including many from China. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post“Global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,” the telecommunications-industry group said. The news came after a string of high-profile companies dropped out of the conference in recent days, including Facebook, Intel, Cisco, Amazon and Ericsson.

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