Last year, the world’s largest telephone show, Mobile World Congress, hung on to the idea of hosting a personal event during the COVID-19 pandemic for as long as it could, although major exhibitors continued to pull out – and the dominoes may be falling on this year’s show as well. .
Google just announced that they will not be exhibiting at MWC this year. It is the biggest name so far, after major telecom infrastructure providers Nokia and Ericsson as well as Sony and Oracle.
Here is Google’s full statement:
Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has decided not to run in the Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to work closely with GSMA and support our partners through virtual opportunities. We look forward to this year’s activities and see you in Barcelona in 2022.
In February, the GSMA (which runs the Mobile World Congress) insisted that it would proceed with the potential super-spreading event in June, requiring only a series of standard precautions, masking and a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. , none of which is considered sufficient to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The organization did not plan to require vaccinations at that time. Now that the vaccine situation is improving and another big name has bailed, I am curious if the organizers will change their minds.