LG Electronics and ZTE seem to have withdrawn their plans from participating in the Mobile World Congress. MWC will take place later this month in Barcelona, Spain and it is also the world’s biggest mobile trade show which sees participation from all the big brands around the world.
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As per the statement on its websites, LG will skip the WMC due to Coronavirus and plans to launch its device at separate events in the near future. But, LG is not the only company to withdraw its plans from participating in the MWC. Shenzhen, China-based ZTE has also confirmed in their statement on February 5 about skipping the MWC due to travel and visa delays.
As coronavirus continues to spread across countries, it has disrupted travel and supply chains around the world. While most of the cases have been witnessed in China, the wave has also led to a rise in general fear across the world.
A statement from LG Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea said, “With the safety of its employees, partners, and customers foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain”. Moreover, this also protects the LG employees from getting exposed to the virus.
As per the statement from MWC organizers GSMA, it has been monitoring and assessing the potential impact of the coronavirus on its MWC20 event held at Barcelona, Shanghai, and Los Angeles and the regional conferences under Mobile 360 Series.
All the Barcelona events will take place as per the schedule from February 24 to 27. GSMA has already announced the measures it is taking to prevent the spreading of viruses that include cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas, including catering areas, handrails, bathrooms, entrances and exits and touchscreens, and more on-site medical support. Also, GSMA will set a mic protocol and advise all attendees to adopt a no-handshake policy.