Surrounding the global outbreak of the Chinese Coronavirus, tech companies are bailing out from the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2020, citing safety concerns. Just a few hours after the Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE canceled its appearance to the MWC due to travel concerns over coronavirus, LG announced that it will also be skipping the event.
The South Korean electronics giant, LG, on Tuesday, announced that it will “withdraw from exhibiting and participating” at Mobile World Congress 2020, citing safety concerns due to the coronavirus. The MWC is the world’s largest mobile trade show, which takes place every February in Barcelona, and LG is one of the highest-profile companies to pull out of the show, just weeks before it is set to start on Feb. 24.
According to some media reports, LG has said in a statement that its decision will prevent “needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel.” To announce its upcoming line of phone products, LG said it will hold other events in the near future.
LG was expected to launch its flagship line, known as its G-series, along with a few mid-range devices too at the MCW 2020. As such, a successor to the LG G8 ThinQ, presumably called the LG G9 ThinQ, was expected to debut at the show.
LG is not the only one to withdraw from MWC, the Chinese company ZTE has canceled its press conference at the show as well, without citing any specific reason but it is said to be due to the health risks related to the coronavirus, reported by The Verge.
However, tech giants like Huawei, Qualcomm, and Xiaomi have confirmed their participation. Meanwhile, as the date for MCW 2020 is approaching and companies are bailing out, GSMA remains cautiously optimistic about going ahead with the event, but the question arises, will the show go on?