Disruptions caused by the novel-variant Coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak have forced Sony and Amazon to withdraw from Mobile World Congress 2020, one of the world’s largest tech shows.
It is worth mentioning here that LG Electronics, ZTE, Nvidia, and Ericsson have already announced their decision to pull out of the tech show.
Sony said it has been “closely monitoring the evolving situation” following the novel coronavirus outbreak, declared a global emergency by WHO. “As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain,” the company added.
Further, Sony plans to share its “exciting product news” online through its Xperia YouTube channel on February 24, 2020.
Amazon voiced similar concerns, stating “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain,” TechCrunch quoted an Amazon spokesman as saying.
The GSMA, on the other hand, is going ahead with the show. It will host MWC Barcelona 24-27 February 2020. “While the GSMA confirm some large exhibitors have decided not to come to the show this year with others still contemplating next steps, we remain more than 2,800 exhibitors strong,” the GSMA added.