Cell World Congress, the huge telephone occasion scheduled to happen in Barcelona in June, is shedding exhibitors once more.
In response to The Verge, Google has pulled out of this yr’s occasion as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Following our present COVID-19 journey restrictions and protocols, Google has made the choice to not exhibit at Cell World Congress this yr. We are going to proceed to collaborate carefully with GSMA and assist our companions by means of digital alternatives. We sit up for this yr’s actions and seeing you in Barcelona in 2022,” the corporate instructed the outlet.
Google’s choice to ditch this yr’s MWC follows selections from Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Oracle and Facebook not to attend. The entire corporations cited well being issues amidst the pandemic as their reasoning to skip this yr’s MWC.
Google sometimes does not have an enormous presence on the MWC — the largest exhibitors are normally Samsung, Huawei, and LG — however it’s a massive identify, and its addition to the checklist above doesn’t bode nicely for the occasion.
Final yr, the Cell World Congress, the most important phone-related occasion globally, was one of many first main occasions to get cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers postponed the choice till the very last minute, however after major exhibitors all pulled out of the show citing well being issues, there was little level in insisting on an in-person occasion.
For this yr, the GSMA — the group behind the Cell World Congress — has postponed the show from February to June, in hope that the pandemic could be much less of a menace by then. Sadly, with a 3rd wave of COVID-19 infections raging in many European countries, an enormous in-person occasion (typical MWC attendance is over 100,000 individuals) nonetheless appears dangerous. In Spain, there’s additionally been a recent increase in coronavirus cases, although the “third wave” hasn’t but been as extreme as in another EU nations like Germany or Italy.
The Cell World Congress is formally still scheduled to go ahead on June 28. Nevertheless, one has to marvel what number of cancellations can it take earlier than pulling the plug and switching to an online-only occasion.