Sony, the Japanese electronics firm, is one of the latest phone makers. Sony has declared the withdrawing from Mobile World Congress tradeshow because of the outbreak of coronavirus. In a press release, Sony wrote that they placed the most importance on the well-being as well as the safety of their customers, media, partners and employees, and they had taken a difficult decision to withdraw from participating and exhibiting at the MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.
Sony also said that they would be planning to a press conference for the event remotely through that’s official Xperia YouTube channel at 8:30 AM on 24th February. They would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support during those challenging moments.
These days, some companies have announced that they are scaling back or pulling out their presence at the conference due to the concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus – including Ericsson, LG, NVIDIA, Amazon and ZTE.
Several Chinese tech companies like Xiaomi and ZTE have said that they would make changes to their participation in the MWC related to the virus concerns. For instance, they would like to place limits on staff travelling from China or they would require their self-isolation before attending.
Yesterday, the organizers of the MWC, the GSMA had announced the stringent rules to try to safeguard the attendees, including restriction on the travelers from Hubei. GSMA also said that while planning was about underway, they would continue to observe the situation and would adapt their plans based on the developments and advice that they receive.