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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 takyon on Saturday February 29 2020, @10:36PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Saturday February 29 2020, @10:36PM (#964692) Journal

    No Middle East nuclear war has happened. I would not be surprised if Israel attacked Iran to shut down its nuclear weapons program at some point, if the U.S. doesn't, so that is fairly low value prediction. Corona-chan's mortality rate is a far cry from 50%. Ok, he's saying plague + war + infrastructure failure. That might do it. Good thing I picked up 50 lbs of rice.

    Chinese mismanagement of diseases appears to be a recurring theme (see the first SARS []). Maybe bats were peeing in scientists' mouths down in Wuhan. They don't need to be targeted from the outside. I did hear some (joking) chatter about it targeting Asians specifically, but it spread to non-Chinese easily.

    Geophysical event... no Planet X talk please.

    If elites are prepping for some event, good for them, they are just regular preppers with more money. A plan to take out the Chinese makes sense on some levels: China is the only nation other than the U.S. that can claim to have a superpower status, and they have a (seemingly) strong government that has integrated its elites into it and will presumably oppose other elites and try to steamroll the West in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The "Anglo-Saxon" elites mentioned might love it if China were to collapse, especially is S was about to HTF.

    Looks like Bill Ryan's journey continues, so you don't need to just look at 10 year old videos full of copouts: []

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  • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Monday March 09 2020, @02:18PM

    by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Monday March 09 2020, @02:18PM (#968490) Journal

    The video says a short conflict, not full blown out war before the virus.

    The soleimani attack fits exactly what he described.

    I am not saying that I am allegiant or worshipful of mr ryan, just that this is one of the most uncannily correct predictions I have ever heard, and the means by which he heard it lands in the realm of the possible as I see it.