The spread of the Chinese coronavirus virus could have repercussions on MWC, the most important fair in the world on smartphones and mobile technologies. The GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications) association representing thousands of operators and companies operating in various capacities in the field of mobile telephony reports that "monitoring and evaluating" the potential impact of Coronavirus on the events of the Mobile World Congress 2020 that take place every year in Barcelona (here MWC 2020 will be held from 24 to 27 February) Shanghai and Los Angeles, in addition to the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.
The next MWC Barcelona event will proceed as scheduled, in all Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuc locations, including YoMo and Four Years From Now (4YFN). In particular, for MWC Barcelona 2020, various measures are already in place, and updates are available on this page.
The association reports that it is committed to carefully following and adhering to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), all the recommendations on the matter of the Chinese government, all the recommendations of the Spanish health authority and all the recommendations and protocols of the forces of the order and health.
GSMA says it is ready to provide additional medical staff for local support in the preparatory phase of the event and during the event, collaborate with Fira de Barcelona to ensure the presence of adequate quantities of sanitizing products in all locations and implement further activities in line with the recommendations from our collaborators in Barcelona, assisting exhibitors who may not be able to travel to MWC Barcelona (through GSMA account administrators or the Customer Care Team).
The first alarm on the danger of the outbreak was correctly predicted by a system that exploits artificial intelligence in combination with language learning and other data, including the airline ticket booking system: we talked about it in this article. The Chinese virus could also cause problems for factories that build the vast majority of hi-tech devices in China, including Apple's. Numerous western multinationals and not only have completely reduced or suspended their activities in offices, factories and shops: several Apple Stores in China are also closed.
As has been done for over 10 years, the editorial staff of macitynet present at the Mobile World Congress with its correspondents to offer readers articles, reports, photo galleries and videos of the main news. The editorial team will follow developments closely and return to talk about the impact of coronavirus on MWC 2020.