MADRID/PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – the Organizers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) struggled on Wednesday over whether to cancel it or press ahead with a smaller version of the event on the major European telecom companies, and is pulled over the corona virus outbreak.
An employee walks past a banner of the MWC20 (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain, February 12, by the year 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
The GSMA telecom association, to which the Barcelona team are faced with a dilemma, and after that, the local health authorities said they saw no reason to cancel the Dec. 24-27 event, is the largest in the industry’s annual calendar.
Several sources have said that the GSMA’s board of directors, made up of 25 industry bosses, it was to keep a ‘virtual’ meeting to consider the options. Two sources familiar with the matter, said no final decision had been reached about what to do next.
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Vodafone (VOD.(L) BT (BT.(L) and htc (NOKIA mobile phones.HE said that they would not have to be present. A source said: “the Orange (ORAN.The PA has been set up in order to do so, even though the French company had said that it had not taken a final decision on the case.
The CONGRESS attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, and offers you a lift for half-a-billion dollars to the local economy, the GSMA estimates. The big names pictures, from Europe, on top of that, the United States of america, Japan, and South Korea, the event is a shadow of his normal self.
The Chinese contingent of CONGRESS have numbered 5,000-6,000 in the past few years, so this event is especially vulnerable in view of the recent outbreak of the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people on the Chinese mainland.
In its latest statement, the GSMA has said it is monitoring the fast-changing extent of the corona virus while working with Spanish, and global health authorities to ensure the well-being of the participants.
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Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colau, said on Wednesday it wanted to send a “message of peace”, says the city is ready to host the event. The Minister of health, Salvador, Illa, said that the government’s purpose was the protection of the health of the people, but that it would take additional measures if necessary.
The World Health Organization, the united nations agency leading the corona virus as a response to a crisis, also called for calm.
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“There is no evidence to suggest that there is evidence of community spread outside of China, so THAT is not currently available and request that the meetings be cancelled,” the WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters in Geneva.
It fails, however, to alleviate concerns in most of the major exhibitors of the precautions are not enough to stop the virus, which has spread beyond China’s borders to the two dozen or so countries.
“In order to bring people together and connect them, That’s what Telecom is about. This is what the Mobile World Congress, “the reunion” our industry stands for,” Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges posted on your LinkedIn profile.
He added, however, that the large gatherings of people with a lot of international visitors who are particularly at risk: “this risk would be irresponsible.”
The fate of this year at the mobile world CONGRESS, it may depend on the conditions, if any, events of insurance, by the GSMA would have to pay for.
It would be unlikely to kick in unless the restrictions are to be imposed on public gatherings in the country, medical, health insurance, say experts in the field.
“Where there is no such prohibition, and the companies have to make their own business decision, I’m not in the market to pay for it,” he said of the Noble to Ryan, who has been in the Special Risk team and the broker, Marsh, JLT Specialty.
Major Chinese exhibitors, led by Huawei [HWT.UL], are probably going to have to live with the type of risk to personnel, to isolate themselves from in advance of, and in substitution of, and elsewhere, to provide event and the host’s clients.
The GSMA had prohibited the participants from China’s Hubei province, where the corona virus outbreak began, and the need for others to prove that they are out of the country for a period of at least two weeks prior to the event.
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Corona virus appeared to be infectious, even for people who have been caught are asymptomatic, which means that people who may not even be aware that they could infect others and they can meet each other at the mobile world CONGRESS.
Keep track of meetings and motions on the other side of the Volcano and the market garden, and the city of Barcelona: a person who tests positive would have to be a daunting task.
Written by Douglas Busvine; Additional reporting by Supantha Mukherjee, John Faus, Can Sezer, Tarmo Virki, by Stephanie Nebehay, Carolyn Cohn and Noor Zainab Hussein; editing by Keith Weir and Elaine Hardcastle