Nvidia announced its withdrawal from participating in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 because of the coronavirus epidemic, which originated in China recently. The American company joins a list that already included LG and Ericsson, two other companies that will skip the event because of the virus outbreak.
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The event will not take place in China, but in Barcelona, Spain. The European country confirmed its first case just a week ago and so far only one has emerged. Neither of these two people died from the infection.
Despite this, the Mobile World Congress usually brings together people from all over the planet – like any world fair, it can become a risk of contamination by the crowd of people. As of this writing, 40,553 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in 28 countries and territories, with 910 deaths and 3,322 complete recoveries.
"Given the risks to public health around the coronavirus, our biggest concern is to ensure the safety of our colleagues, partners and customers is our biggest concern. (…) We were eager to share our work in artificial intelligence, 5G and vRAN with the industry. We are sorry to not be part of this event, but we believe that this is the right decision ".
Official statement from Nvidia
The Mobile World Congress 2020 will take place between the 24th and 27th of February, and the GSMA group – responsible for organizing the event – confirmed its commitment to the fair and issued a statement announcing companies to participate in it.
"It is of great importance for the GSMA to continue to summon the industry at this critical moment where connectivity is on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Advocating across the industry through governments and ministries, legislators, operators and industry leaders has never been more critical (..) The GSMA continues to monitor and analyze the potential impact of the coronavirus at MWC Barcelona 2020, as the health and safety of our exhibitors, participants and staff are of the utmost importance ".
GSMA official announcement
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