Show Calls it Quits After Mass Exhibitor Exodus


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The embattled Mobile World Conference 2020 in Barcelona couldn’t overcome the exodus of major exhibitors and attendees anymore due to coronavirus concerns. They announced late yesterday they were canceling the show. In a statement from CEO GSMA Limited John Hoffman, concern for the health and safety of participants was the deciding factor. 

“Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006,” Hoffman said,  “the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem. 

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,” he said. 

Hoffman said the host city of Barcelona “respects and understands this decision” and said they will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

“Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world,” Hoffman concluded. Further updates from the GSMA, can be found on

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