NEW DELHI: Last year one of the most important tech events – the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – was canceled due to the pandemic. This year, however, the GSM Association, which organizes the annual MWC exhibition, plans to hold MWC in person. MWC 2021 to take place in June this year in Barcelona, Spain.
However, some big tech companies have decided to miss out on the cellphone show this year. Consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced that it will not be attending the event in person this year.
Citing the safety concerns of its employees, the company said it would attend the event virtually.
Samsung also said that the health and safety of its employees is the company’s priority and cannot be risked at any cost.
On the other hand, The Verge reported that Lenovo has also decided to drop MWC in 2021 this time. The company has confirmed to The Verge that it will not attend the event in person.
Earlier this month Google also announced that it will not be exhibiting at MWC this year.
In an official statement, Google said, “According to our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has decided not to exhibit at the Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to work closely with the GSMA and support our partners through virtual opportunities.” We look forward to this year’s activities and to seeing you in Barcelona in 2022. ”
Other than that, like other well-known companies Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle have also decided not to attend the event in person this year.
In February of this year, the GSMA confirmed that it will hold MWC 2021 in person in June. Participants in Barcelona require a negative Covid-19 test result (within 72 hours) and the tests are available on site.