Last year, the world’s largest phone show, Mobile World Congress, held on to the idea of hosting a personal event during the COVID-19 pandemic for as long as it could, even as major exhibitors pulled out – and the dominoes could be also fall on this year’s show.
Google just announced that it will not be exhibiting at MWC this year. It is the biggest name so far, after the major telecom infrastructure providers Nokia and Ericsson, as well as Sony and Oracle.
Here’s the full statement from Google:
Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has decided not to participate in Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to work closely with GSMA and support our partners through virtual capabilities. We look forward to this year’s activities and see you in Barcelona in 2022.
In February, the GSMA (who is leading the Mobile World Congress) insisted it continue with the possible superspreader event in June, requiring only a set of standard precautions, wearing a mask, and a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival are required. , none of which are considered sufficient to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The organization did not intend to require vaccinations at the time. With the vaccine situation improving and another big name out on bail, I wonder if the organizers will change their mind.