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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 jmichaelhudsondotnet on Tuesday February 25 2020, @09:35PM

    by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Tuesday February 25 2020, @09:35PM (#962559) Journal

    There are just so many firsts.

    -first doors welded shut
    -first people dropping dead in street
    -first mega city shutdown

    One thing I am noticing, that I find odd, do you notice how few new tv series and movies are coming out? There are like no major blockbusters scheduled this year. No game of thrones like things. American video culture is a ghost town of garbage and it has never been this bad.

    A lot of trumps responses have seemed scripted calculated and nonsensical, or blatantly 'calm down', which is not his usual schtick. On every other topic he says everyone else is a fuckup, but for some reason with coronoa china is doing just the right thing, dont worry, it will all work out.

    Meanwhile I am hearing multiple reports of numbers in washington and new york and cali not being reported. And it just makes no sense there are no americans that have it, or that it is only 30 people. None.

    The dropping dead part, I still don't get it. None of the explanations I have read explain how this could even possibly happen.

    The first nanoweapon will not be detected, people will think it is the flue. Nanoweapons could be directed by emf. They could collect in the brain. They could be passed to your chip card magnetically at the checkout. And it could look like this. No one even attempts to say why some people get pneumonia and others drop dead. And multiple of the drop dead videos are of police, workers, nurses, not people I would think were being in any way targeted by the chinese govt.

    And on top of that, there is a good chance everyone in the uigur camps is going to be wiped out as a form of plausibly deniable genocide.

    2020 not looking very promising unless you are selling bunkers, or already in one.

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