Mobile World Congress, one of the technology industry’s biggest annual events, has been called off because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement comes after over a dozen major companies said they would not attend the event as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The Mobile World Congress was scheduled to take place in Barcelona from February 24-27. It typically draws more than 100,000 attendees and over 2,400 companies, including the sector’s biggest players who use it to launch new products and showcase their latest innovations.
A slew of major tech players had announced they would not attend the event, including Amazon, Ericsson, Nokia, Facebook, and Sony, among others.
Ericsson and Nokia are Huawei’s big global rivals in 5G, and the conference in Barcelona would have been an important opportunity to promote their products.