The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators around the world and is the organizer of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, announced the decision to postpone the event next year to the end of June. According to the GSMA, this will ensure the safe conduct of the largest event in the technology industry, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally scheduled for early March, MWC 2021 will take place in Barcelona from June 28 to July 1. MWC 2020 was canceled at the last minute as the virus spread around the world.
The Mobile World Congress, which is not only a trade show, but also a meeting place for the leaders of the IT industry, will be held next year as usual, although the number of participants will be less than in previous years. It has already become customary that 100 thousand or more guests come to the exhibition in the capital of Catalonia
GSMA CEO Mats Granryd says the event will have a larger virtual part next year.
The postponement will buy time to strengthen measures to protect against coronavirus. Granrid expressed the hope that COVID-19 tests could be completed faster by next summer and that vaccines may already be available, which are currently under development.
The GSMA will also postpone the Chinese version of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Shanghai, to the end of February.
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