Following an exodus of exhibitors and attendees that ultimately proved too significant for organizers to ignore, the GSMA today cancelled wireless industry trade show MWC 2020 due to concerns related to the growing coronavirus pandemic. The event had been scheduled to start next week in Spain.

Previously known as , MWC has become the top gathering place for members of the cellular industry, attracting roughly 100,000 attendees to its flagship February event in Barcelona. in Los Angeles and Shanghai have historically enabled smaller groups of companies, including regional players, to meet and make keynote-caliber announcements later in the year.

In a , the GSMA said that the “global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible” to hold MWC Barcelona

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