MWC 2020

MWC responds to Coronavirus with strict health measures

For everyone’s health and safety

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The new Coronavirus has everyone on high alert and that includes GSMA — organizers of MWC 2020 that will be held in Barcelona. With this in mind, they are applying strict health and security measures for the event.

GSMA says there are already health measures in place, but to fortify that, the following will also be implemented:

  • All travelers from the Hubei province will not be permitted access to the event
  • All travelers who have been in China will need to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China 14 days prior to the event (passport stamp, health certificate)
  • Temperature screening will be implemented
  • Attendees will need to self-certify they have not been in contact with anyone infected.

While some exhibitors have decided to pull-out, plenty more will attend the tech conference. Other than the above mentioned, the organizers are also applying the following measures:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitising materials and products
  • Increased onsite medical support – doubled over last year
  • Awareness campaign via online and onsite info-share and signage
  • Availability of sanitising and disinfection materials for public use
  • Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc.
  • Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of stands, offices along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behaviour
  • Public health guidelines and advice communication to Barcelona hotels, public and private transport, restaurants and catering outlets, retail, etc.
  • Installing new signage onsite reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations
  • Implementing a microphone disinfecting and change protocol for all speakers
  • Communicating advice to all attendees to adopt a ‘no-handshake policy’
  • A 24-hour telephone Security and Medical service for all attendees, operational from 12th to 29th February 2020. This number appears on the back of badge holders, in the event App and on signage around the venue.

The Novel Coronavirus

Originating at the Hubei Province in China, recent reports claim the novel Coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 900 people in China and close to 800 worldwide. The World Health Organization continues to issue advisories and measures against the outbreak.


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

MWC 2020

Huawei, Honor to hold press conference despite MWC cancellation

Expect new products

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MWC 2020 may have been officially canceled, but that won’t stop Huawei and Honor from holding their press conferences in Barcelona next week.

According to Android Authority, Honor has released press invites to a conference happening at Barcelona. The conference will take place on February 24. The company will also live-stream the event for those who can’t attend. Also, the press invite indicated a demo area for new products launching at that date.

Huawei’ situation is also similar. The company has confirmed a “virtual livestream” to PhoneArena taking place also on February 24 at Barcelona’s Italian Pavillion. It seems that there will be new products launching with the conference too, as the company confirmed a demo area.

We can expect Huawei and Honor to unveil new products ranging from smartphones to smatwatches. Both companies are typically busy during this time of the year. However, fans of the beloved Huawei P series may have to temper their expectation since the P40 might not launch until early March.

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MWC 2020 cancelled over Coronavirus

Health concerns outweighed everything else

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Citing concerns over the growing outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, GSMA — organizers of Mobile World Congress — has officially cancelled the annual tech conference that was supposed to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

GSMA CEO Jeff Hoffman said in an emailed statement that the outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the event as planned.

Several brands and exhibitors had already pulled out of the show with Nokia owner HMD Global being the latest one to announce that it will no longer participate in the show. Brands like Sony, OPPO, and others will likely push through with announcements of their new devices or tech albeit only via livestream.

The GSMA had stringent measures ready including banning delegates from Hubei province — the origin of the virus. There was also going to be a “no handshake” policy implemented at the conference on top of other strict measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

The Novel Coronavirus

State-owned media Global Times reports that the death toll has now passed 1,000, reaching 1,018. There have been 108 more deaths and 2,478 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Chinese mainland, with the numbers infected now 42,648 on Mainland China and 43,112 globally as of Tuesday. The inflection point of the coronavirus outbreak cannot be predicted, but it may peak in mid-or late-February, according to China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan.


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
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GSMA to decide if MWC 2020 will go on

Blame the Coronavirus outbreak

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Various tech companies have officially backed out of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) due to the ongoing Coronavirus (now officially termed as Covid-19) outbreak. Due to these cancellations, GSMA — the main organizer of MWC — will meet this Friday to announce the fate of the annual gathering.

In a report by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, there will be a meeting in Barcelona this Friday to decide the fate of MWC 2020.  The biggest concern for the continuation of the conference is the safety of attendees from the virus outbreak. After all, MWC boasts a hundred thousand attendees every year.

In the meantime, preparations for the MWC 2020 are still in full swing. Safety measures are already in place at the event grounds. Should the MWC 2020 continue, however, there will be lesser attendees and keynote presentations due to cancellations.

As such, MWC 2020 is looking to be a bleak gathering, whether it continues or not.  Left and right cancellations, along with fear of virus spread, make the prospects of the event slim.

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