"Ordinarily, I would not expect USA -based tech events to be affected, but we don't know when the coronavirus will be fully contained", he said.
Those companies will be arranging their product announcements in different ways, often by holding their own events or via web-based announcements.
MWC 2020 postponement is not an option.
"The host city parties respect and understand this decision", reads the official GSMA statement.
The main Chinese exhibitors, led by Huawei, adhered to the plans to attend until the last moment, ordering the personnel at risk to isolate themselves beforehand and drafting replacements from other places to organize event stands and host customers. But as the coronavirus has spread in recent weeks - more than 40,000 people have been infected globally and more than 1,100 have died from it - big names began to pull out.
The 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain could be canceled after several major companies have already pulled out of the show due to coronavirus concerns.
The event, which was meant to take place February 24 to 27 was cancelled Wednesday due to global concerns over Covid-19, or the coronavirus.
The affiliation mentioned, "Our sympathies are with those affected by the Corona virus at the moment in China and around the world". HMD Global said that the health and safety of its employees, partners, customers, and media is its first priority hence the reason for canceling its participation at MWC 2020. Just earlier today, the GSMA confirmed that MWC was still taking place despite fears of Coronavirus.
If you look at the Covid-19 global data today you will see the encouraging deceleration in infections has spiked upwards as China has "reclassified how they were diagnosing and counting cases", reports Time magazine.
The list of big-name attendees started to crumble on February 7, when Swedish wireless equipment maker Ericsson AB pulled out, saying it couldn't ensure the safety of staff and customers.