Intel pulls out of Mobile World Congress because of coronavirus

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What you need to know

  • Intel pulled out of Mobile World Congress due to the coronavirus.
  • Intel is expected to make announcements at the event, but will not have anyone attend it in person.
  • Amazon, LG Electronics, Ericsson, and NVIDIA have also pulled out of the conference.

Intel will not attend Mobile World Congress this year due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus. Several large tech companies have also pulled out of the event, including Amazon, LG Electronics, Ericsson, and NVIDIA. While Intel won't have anyone attend the event in person, VentureBeat states that the company is still expected to make announcements at the conference.

VentureBeat also shared the following statement from Intel:

The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year's Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution. We are grateful to the GSMA for their understanding and look forward to attending and supporting future Mobile World Congress events.

Mobile World Congress runs from February 24 through February 27 in Barcelona. Mobile World Congress is a massive conference with tens of thousands of people attending from around the world, so security concerns regarding the coronavirus are heightened.

More than 42,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported so far, and the death toll for it recently surpassed 1,000.

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  • Meanwhile @Intel. Thank god, the coronavirus is here
  • That's pretty dumb. The flu has claimed 5,000 lives in the US this year but no one is canceling anything because of the flu. And I've found the same people who panic over the coronavirus are precisely they people who don't get a flu shot. Oh well.
  • Sorry, but this is a poor analysis. 2019-nCoV has a higher case-fatality ratio and a higher reproduction number than influenza (Source: WEF). Moreover, MWC takes place in Barcelona with some 50K people from around the planet showing up and converging into small hotel rooms, conference rooms, and conference centers, shaking hands and being in close proximity for nearly a week (I'm talking Disney World packed). Many of the companies and people arrive from China, Hong Kong and related territories and when you have that many people in tight spaces (shoulder to shoulder and a lot of lines) yeah, it's a big concern for a contagious disease where there a lot of unknowns right now. Sure, flu is a BD for normal Americans living in the US. For those who travel though, 2019-nCoV and 50K travelers showing up in one spot is a potentially bigger concern. Not so much for even getting personally sick, but for merely spreading 2019-nCoV even further. So far, Amazon, Ericsson, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Nvidia, Sony, and Vivo have cancelled with Samsung, Xiaomi, and ZTE scaling back presence.
  • It's worth mentioning that this coronavirus is in its infancy, it's mortality rate is more than double that of the flu, and the death count is growing exponentially, i.e each day since Feb 1st more people died than the previous day (except for one instance). And there currently isn't a vaccine, there is for the flu.
  • you can add Sony and ZTE to the list of companies that have pulled out
  • At this point, you have to wonder if it's viable to have MWC 2020 go ahead.