The Swedish company becomes the second-largest company after LG that refuses to go to the MWC 2020 due to the deadly virus.
There is a new decline in MWC 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Ericsson, the manufacturer of Swedish origin, announced on February 7 its decision not to attend the Mobile Devices World Congress (MWC 2020) that will take place in Barcelona from February 24 to 27.
The company says it has taken this decision as a precaution against the possible spread of the coronavirus that has already claimed the lives of more than 400 people since it is “their responsibility to take care of the health and safety of their employees.”
“The health and safety of our employees, customers, and other stakeholders are our top priority. This is not a decision we have made lightly,” said Börje Ekholm, Ericsson’s chief executive, in a statement. “We were eager to show our latest innovations at the MWC in Barcelona. It is very unfortunate, but we firmly believe that the most responsible commercial decision is to withdraw our participation from this year’s event.”
The company said it is closely following the development of the coronavirus outbreak and has adhered to the recommendations of the relevant national authorities and international organizations such as the World Health Organization (MWC 2020). Ericsson planned to hold a press conference on February 24 within the framework of the event.
The company has been the second to officially announce its withdrawal from MWC 2020 by the coronavirus. LG announced on February 4 that due to security concerns related to the virus it would cancel its participation in the event.
At the moment, the GSMA, the organizer of the event, assures that the event will be carried out as planned although it states that additional preventive measures will be taken, such as providing additional medical personnel and adopting the policy of not shaking hands.