Mobile World Congress canceled, coronavirus made it "impossible" to hold the event – GSMA

The GSMA says it has canceled Mobile World Congress after the coronavirus made it "impossible" to hold the event.

The world's biggest phone show, MWC 2020, is no longer taking place this year.

GSMA CEO John Hoffman says in this statement that the coronavirus outbreak made it "impossible" to hold the event, which was scheduled to open in Barcelona on February 24.

"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. The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. The GSMA and the Host City Parties 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."

[via techmeme]