We are now a couple of weeks away from Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona, but it looks as if the event will be short on exhibitors, as another two firms have confirmed their absence from MWC 2020 following concerns over the coronavirus.
The firms in question this time around are Intel and NTT Docomo. The former is a rather high profile absentee, and is added to a growing list which includes the likes of Amazon, LG, Sony, TCL and Ericsson among others.
“The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution. We are grateful to the GSMA for their understanding and look forward to attending and supporting future Mobile World Congress events,” an Intel spokesperson explained in a statement.
This follows a similar trend that other companies have followed, especially with a significant contingent of visitors and exhibitors from China heading to the event each year.
As for what Intel originally had planned for MWC 2020, the firm notes that it will still continue with its scheduled announcements, but will have a far smaller presence on the ground at the event.
What said announcements will be for now is unclear, but given the heavy 5G focus the company has had in recent years, applications for the mobile broadband standard is likely where the firm’s planned announcements will be directed at.
Perhaps more interesting though is what the floor at MWC 2020 will look like by the time it kicks off on 24th February. Will there simply be massive booths inside of the halls with a handful of people to fill them?
Either way it is worthwhile checking what kind of live streamed events each firm is planning, as the coronavirus will not stop them from making their planned announcements and device unveilings to the rest of the world.