LG and ZTE withdraw from MWC 2020 citing coronavirus concerns

At GSM Alliance’s annual MWC trade show, several smartphone manufacturers are expected to showcase their product lineup for 2020. The event is confirmed to take place in Barcelona from 24 to 27, February 2020 as planned. Various measures have been implemented in order to alleviate the spread of coronavirus. However, LG and ZTE today have announced that they are dropping their MWC events this year. LG said that it will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products.

LG and ZTE withdraw from MWC 2020 citing coronavirus concerns
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‘LG Electronics is closely monitoring the situation related to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was recently declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization as the virus continues to spread outside China. With the safety of its employees, partners, and customers foremost in mind, LG has decided to withdraw from exhibiting and participating in MWC 2020 later this month in Barcelona, Spain,’ LG said in a statement.

ZTE said that it is canceling its MWC 2020 press conference, citing secondary effects of the virus outbreak. According to a statement from the company, it’s mainly due to practical issues like travel and visa delays. ZTE was expected to introduce the Axon 10s Pro 5G smartphone at the event this year.