We’re still trying to get used to the new normal where we have to wear a mask every time we go out, where we have to practice social distancing and most importantly avoid crowds. The ongoing pandemic has changed the world in many ways, allowing us more digital presentations to compensate for the cancellation of in-person events. The first to be canceled was MWC in February 2020 after several companies decided it was best to go on bail rather than risking possible contagion of their staff and more people. Now as we approach the next MWC in 2021, Samsung and other companies have also decided that in-person participation is not in their best interests.
Mobile World Congress usually takes place in February, but given the particular situation we live in, it has been postponed from June 28th to July 1st. The upcoming MWC is planned for face-to-face presentations. However, we are beginning to see some companies opting out. For example, Samsung has already issued an official statement explaining why it has decided not to attend this in-person event.
“The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is our top priority. That is why we have decided not to exhibit in person at this year’s MWC. “
“We look forward to participating virtually and continuing to work with GSMA and industry partners to drive new mobile experiences.”
Among the international companies that have announced their withdrawals are Sony, Nokia and Ericsson. KT Corp, one of the local companies, has also chosen not to attend in-person exhibitions at the upcoming MWC event.
We’re still not sure if LG will make an appearance as the company has decided to shut down its smartphone business, but it could arrive as part of its LG Uplus Corp as it is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the country. We must also remember that LG was the first company to claim MWC last year. Now we have to wait and see if the upcoming event isn’t completely canceled.
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