NEW DELHI: Last yr, one of many main tech occasions — Mobile World Congress (MWC) bought cancelled as a result of pandemic state of affairs. However, this yr the GSM Association, which organises the annual MWC commerce present, is planning to carry MWC in individual. MWC 2021 is scheduled to happen in June this yr in Barcelona, Spain.
However, some massive tech firms have determined to present a miss to the cellular commerce present this yr. Consumer electronics large Samsung has introduced that it’ll not be attending the occasion in individual this yr.
Citing security issues of its staff, the corporate mentioned that it’ll be part of the occasion just about.
Samsung additionally mentioned that the well being and security of its staff is the corporate’s precedence and it can’t threat it at any value.
On the opposite hand, The Verge reported that Lenovo has additionally determined to ditch MWC 2021 this time. The firm confirmed to The Verge that it’ll not be attending the occasion in individual.
Earlier this month, Google additionally introduced that it’ll not exhibit at MWC this yr.
In an official assertion, Google mentioned, “Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to collaborate closely with GSMA and support our partners through virtual opportunities. We look forward to this year’s activities and seeing you in Barcelona in 2022.”
Apart from this, different notable firms like Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle have additionally determined to not attend the occasion in-person this yr.
In February this yr, GSMA confirmed that it’ll go forward with holding the MWC 2021 in individual in June. Attendees in Barcelona would require a unfavourable Covid-19 check outcome (inside 72 hours) and testing shall be obtainable on the venue.