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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday February 12 2020, @08:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the making-a-major-mobile-mess dept.

Each year, the GSMA (GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) Association) holds three MWC (Mobile World Congress) events. The next is MWC Barcelona and is scheduled for 24-27 February 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The next event scheduled for this year is MWC Shanghai 2020, scheduled for 30 June - 2 July 2020 in Shanghai, China. And rounding out 2020 is the last event, MWC Los Angeles, California on 28-30 October 2020.

Since 2011, MWC Barcelona has been known as the GSMA Mobile World Capital. It is the oldest and largest of the MWC series, so some of the largest mobile product announcements occur at this event. The 2018 event attracted attendees around the world. Approximately half of the attendees hold senior positions in their firms. In other words, in the mobile market, MWC Barcelona is a "Really Big Deal."

That was all history. The recent outbreak of the 2019-nCoV Coronovirus has made quite a stir worldwide. Major players in the mobile arena are concerned about sending their representatives to a venue with approximately 100,000 attendees drawn from all around the world.

Major companies in the mobile space have recently announced plans to either skip MWC Barcelona entirely or, in some cases, make presentations remotely. These include: including Intel, TCL, Sony, Amazon, Samsung, Nvidia, Ericsson Vivo, and MediaTek among many others.

[...] It will be "interesting" to see what the follow-on effects will be from the reduced attendance. The June MWC is scheduled for Shanghai (a major city in China - the country that is the apparent source of the 2019-nCov coronoavirus and imposing major quarantines trying to stem its spread). Thus, unless 2019-nCoV is brought under control in record time, things do not look good for those who were diverted from Barcelona to look forward to making up the difference 4 months later. That leaves waiting for MWC LA at the end of October, or making more one-on-one connections to work out buying and selling decisions.

[Editors' Note: The World Health Organisation has formally renamed the virus to COVID-19]

For those who are interested in more details on these vendors plans, here are a baker's dozen links expanding on this:


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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Wednesday February 12 2020, @10:22PM (3 children)

    by Bot (3902) on Wednesday February 12 2020, @10:22PM (#957435) Journal

    lyrics:
    (tv reporter voice)
    "In 2019 the infection seemed like just another flu, but it wasn't
    It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting
    In World War II the average biological weapon was anthrax
    In Wuhan was COVID-19
    In-in-in Wuhan was COVID-19"
    na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na (chorus) 19
    na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na (chorus) 19

    (tv reporter voice)
    "Vaccine shooting and testing of the past two weeks continued today
    In a lab a few miles west of the fish market"
    (lab technician speaking through the mask)
    "I really wasn't sure what was going on"
    "I-I really wasn't sure what was going on"
    Na na na 19, 19, na 19 19
    19, 19, 19, 19

    Wuhan, fi fi fight on!
    Wuhan, fi fi fight on!

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 12 2020, @10:24PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 12 2020, @10:24PM (#957437)

    what do you get when you cross a mentally retarded sloth
    with a banana eager to go up its ass?
    i'll tell you what you get
    you get what you fucking deserve!

    (sound of banana being inserted)

    • (Score: 2) by Bot on Wednesday February 12 2020, @11:22PM

      by Bot (3902) on Wednesday February 12 2020, @11:22PM (#957473) Journal

      >(sound of banana being inserted)

      This is worrying.
      But the fact that you assume we know how a banana inserted into an ass sounds, is still less worrying than the fact that you know it at all.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 13 2020, @12:31AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 13 2020, @12:31AM (#957504)

    You have to give the tune to go with the lyrics!

    I’m guessing ‘nineteen’ but anyone younger than 50 will not get the reference
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oho9KaoxI-4 [youtube.com]