The largest Japanese mobile operator refused to participate in the event.
The largest Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo followed the example of Sony and other companies, and refused to participate in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) international exhibition and conference, which will be held at the end of the month in Barcelona. The reason was the risks associated with an outbreak of coronavirus. To date, six companies have announced their refusal to participate in MWC, including Amazon, LG Electronics, Ericsson and Nvidia.
The exhibition is considered the largest industry event. Last year, more than 100,000 visitors visited it, and the number of participants exceeded 2,400.
The exhibition organizer, GSMA, has not yet commented on NTT Docomo’s decision, but has already described some of the precautions that will be taken.
None of the Chinese province of Hubei, where the outbreak of coronavirus began, will be allowed to attend the exhibition, and visitors from China will have to prove that they were outside the country for at least two weeks before the event.
Before each next speaker, a microphone will be replaced.
In addition, the organizers will advise participants to give up handshakes. They do not intend to cancel the exhibition.