Amazon has reportedly pulled out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus worries. The tech giant has withdrawn from the tech trade show over the “outbreak and continued concerns” around the virus and will not be attending the show that it had planned to push Amazon Web Services rather than anything consumer-facing.
Amazon’s decision not to attend simply enlist them as one of the companies that withdrew from the February event, others are LG, NVIDIA and Ericsson, while Samsung stand is not yet certain as it may still have a footprint at the show.
Huawei and ZTE are still going notwithstanding the outbreak of the virus beginning in China, although they’ve taking a measure that would prevent the virus from spreading at the show by asking Chinese staff to keep away from the event and have invited European workers to cover for employees who can’t go.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) has insisted that the trade show must go on, no matter the height of fear over coronavirus, although it’s implementing preventive measures that include a complete ban on guests from China’s Hubei province, ‘where the outbreak began’, there will be temperature screening and checking to ensure that people who’ve been to China haven’t done so in the past 14 days.
There’s still a lot of time between now and before Mobile World Congress (MWC) February 24th start date, but the rapid departures of big tech giant from the event is raising concerns over what the show will be like by opening day.
There are still big tech names preparing to storm the event, but they may be facing higher temptation to withdraw from the show both because of the coronavirus and the absence of the suppose to be business partners.