Ericsson does the decent thing and pulls out MWC Barcelona 2020, saying the health and safety of its employees and customers is a "top priority" as the coronavirus rages on.
Earlier this week, LG and ZTE announced they wouldn't be present at Mobile World Congress this month - the biggest phone and wireless industry trade show that takes every year. Both companies stated that the corona virus is the reason for the change in plans, with LG saying that the decision "removes the risk of exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel which has already become more restrictive as the virus continues to spread across borders."
And now Ericsson has followed suit, making the announcement today, saying "as the health and safety of employees and customers cannot be ensured," it will be withdrawing from the event. Instead, the demos and content it was planning showcase at MWC will be shared with customers at local events, called 'Ericsson Unboxed'.
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, says:
“The health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders are our highest priority. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We were looking forward to showcasing our latest innovations at MWC in Barcelona. It is very unfortunate, but we strongly believe the most responsible business decision is to withdraw our participation from this year’s event.”
In light of the goings-on with the Wuhan virus, it seems mad that the event is going ahead at all, with the number of cases on the rise - although it doesn't quite qualify as a pandemic just yet. Over in China, authorities have reportedly imposed mandatory corona virus checks in Wuhan with a plan to move all those infected into quarantine facilities, as the virus claims the lives of more victims.