This year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021 will be held in Barcelona in the usual format, but not all companies are ready to participate in it for fear of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following Nokia, Oracle and Sony, and Ericsson and Facebook, which decided not to display stands at MWC 2021, Google announced its refusal to participate in the event.
“ In line with our current travel restrictions and COVID-19 protocols, Google has made the decision not to attend the Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to work closely with the GSMA and will support our partners through virtual opportunities. We look forward to this year’s events and see you in Barcelona in 2022, ”the company told The Verge.
Google has never had a large exposure at MWC – the largest exhibitors have always been companies such as Samsung, Huawei, Sony and LG – but this is a world-famous brand. The company’s refusal to participate in the exhibition can hardly be called a good sign for its organizers.
This year, the GSMA, the organizer of the MWC, moved the show from February to June, hoping that the pandemic will subside by then. Unfortunately, in connection with the third wave of COVID-19 raging in many European countries, holding a mass event (usually the MWC attendance is more than 100 thousand people) still carries great risks for its participants. Last year, the MWC became one of the first major events to be cancelled offline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.