by Simon Quicke, Microscope Editor

The great and the good of the telecoms and networkingworld should have been making final preparations for Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.

Meetings had been arranged, press releases were ready to hit the wires at designated times and staff had been given their personal agendas for the event in Barcelona later this month.

But then, one by one, some of the large vendors started to pull out. Ericsson, Sony and LG all cited coronavirus – now officially named Covid-19 – as a danger, and stated that for the safety of staff they would not be going. That concern has been so widespread that later this week a decision will be made on whether or not to pull the plug on MWC this year.

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