CommScope has announced that the safety and well-being of their employees is a top priority and with the continued global threat of the Coronavirus, the company has made the decision to cancel their appearance at Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC) scheduled in Barcelona later this month.
“This is not a decision our executive team took lightly, and although the likelihood of contracting the virus is low, we will not risk the health of our employees, nor the business impact that would result if a quarantine were ordered,” said President & CEO Eddie Edwards.
“The team is currently exploring virtual trade show and meeting options to showcase the new CommScope portfolio. We have a powerful portfolio and great news to share with our customers, so we want to ensure we keep up momentum and continue to drive important selling conversations.”
“We’ve been in touch with GSMA throughout this decision and appreciate all that they’ve done to ensure the safety of attendees,” said Edwards.
CommScope has joined a growing list of companies pulling out of the show due to Coronavirus concerns, although the MWC’s organizer, the GSMA, has announced a series of restrictions intended to reduce the risk of the Coronavirus infections at the conference, including a ban on travelers coming from the Wuhan Province in China where the virus was first identified.
Temperature screening of attendees will also be made.
In addition to CommScope, companies canceling their attendance are Accedian, Amazon, Amdocs, Ciena, Dali Wireless, Ericsson, F5 Networks, iconectiv, Intel, InterDigital, LG, Media Tek, NTT Docomo, Nvidia, Rakuten, Sony, Ulefone, Umidigi, Viber Vivo.