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Mobile World Congress Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

  • No MWC means missed business opportunities, costs, disruption
  • Dwindling list of big participants left event on borrowed time
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Coronavirus fears cause the Mobile World Congress to be canceled. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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The wireless industry scrapped its biggest annual showcase after the coronavirus outbreak sparked an exodus of participants, roiling telecom companies just as they’re preparing to roll out new 5G services.

It’s the first time in MWC Barcelona’s 33-year history that organizers have called off the event, which draws more than 100,000 participants from across the world to check out the latest innovations, pitch to investors and do deals.