- GSMA, organizers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has announced a cancellation of the 2020 edition of the event
- According to them, there are fears with regard to the outbreak of the coronavirus
- A number of companies pulled out of the event prior to the official cancellation by the organizers
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The world’s biggest mobile trade show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been cancelled.
The organizers of the event, GSMA, explained that it took the decision following global fears about the coronavirus.
YEN.com.gh understands that the MWC often attracts over 100,000 people from over 200 countries.
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The 2020 edition of the event was initially scheduled to take place from February 24 to 27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.
The organizers released a statement, explaining that the outbreak of the virus has led to concerns about travelling as well as other issues.
They explained that they will continue to work with the stakeholders to ensure the success for future editions of the congress.
Per a report by techcrunch, GSMA sympathized with those affected in China and other countries around the world.
From 2006 till date, the GSMA has brought together industry experts, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders from several countries.
Prior to the announcement, big companies began to pull out of the concerns over fears of a possible spread of the coronavirus.
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It started with LG, and later, Nvidia, Ericsson, Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, HMD, Intel, LG, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Sony and Sprint.
In other news, Rwanda, a central African country, is on record as the first to produce cell phones in the continent in October 2019.
Information available shows that the gadgets produced come with higher-end options such as fingerprint sensors that assist with unlocking the phone.
Such a feature is one that several phones used in the continent lack and this comes not only as a push for technology but for high quality as well.
Rwanda, per a report by fortune.com, has challenged the status quo by overcoming the challenges associated with the 1994 genocide.
Rebranding itself as a technology hub, its capital, Kigali, has become the home of a number of incubators.
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