Ericsson Pulls Out Of MWC 2020 For Corona Virus

Ericsson today pulls out of MWC 2020 citing Corona Virus outbreak and its potential threat to its employees. Yesterday LG had announced to withdraw from the prestigious event citing the same reasons.

Following the outbreak and continued spreading of the novel corona virus, Ericsson has closely monitored the development and adhered to recommendations from relevant national authorities and international bodies, such as the WHO. The company has already taken a number of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and to minimize the impact on the company’s operations.

After an extensive internal risk assessment, Ericsson has decided to take further precautionary measures by withdrawing from MWC Barcelona 2020, the largest event in the telecom industry, the company said in a statement.

Ericsson appreciates that GSMA have done everything they can to control the risk. However, as one of the largest exhibitors, Ericsson has thousands of visitors in its hall each day and even if the risk is low, the company cannot guarantee the health and safety of its employees and visitors.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders are our highest priority. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We were looking forward to showcasing our latest innovations at MWC in Barcelona. It is very unfortunate, but we strongly believe the most responsible business decision is to withdraw our participation from this year’s event.”

To showcase the company’s portfolio and innovations, Ericsson will take the demos and content created for MWC Barcelona to customers in their home markets with local events called “Ericsson Unboxed”.

The Corona virus outbreak in China has resulted in more than 600 deaths across the world, with maximum casualties reported in China. Hong Kong and Philippines have also reported death of a patient in each country. Governments across the globe are advising their citizens to take precaution and avoid  crowded places.

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