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Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

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  1. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/feb/12/mobile-world-congress-axed-coronavirus-fears) reduced by 83%. (I’m a bot)
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    > The world's largest mobile phone trade fair, Mobile World Congress, has been cancelled after scores of the world's biggest technology and telecommunications companies pulled out over fears of the spread of coronavirus.

    > Despite a surge in sales of face masks in the aftermath of the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak, experts are divided over whether they can prevent transmission and infection.

    > The list of no-shows had grown to become a who's who of the world's biggest tech and telco firms including BT, the owner of mobile firm EE, Facebook, Nokia, Ericsson, the US chipmaker Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Vodafone and Germany's Deutsche Telekom.

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  2. > The Chinese firm Huawei, the controversial smartphone and 5G component maker that was scheduled to be one of the event’s biggest exhibitors, had flown employees to Spain to self-quarantine in advance.

    > The GSMA had banned travellers from Hubei, the province at the centre of the virus outbreak. Approximately 5,000-6,000 (5-6%) of the attendees each year have come from China.

    I thought the companies pulling out because the conference was in China but it’s in Barcelona. Over 40 companies has already pulled out. I’m wondering if this is going to be a trend for other conferences and conventions. I go to a big convention in 2 months. I need to go check to see about their refund policies regarding the cancellation of a convention.

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