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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus puts Mobile World Congress 2020 at risk

Extraordinary events, catastrophes, or epidemics may be among the conditions to suspend or abort a contract. The GSMA would be studying against the clock, if it suspends the 2020 edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona due to the well-founded fears caused by the expansion of the coronavirus that, in less than 30 days, put the world on alert. On Friday the GSMA could announce if the event is postponed or suspended.

The die is cast. At this point, the facts lead to infer that the MWC will not be carried out. The GSMA will lose money, also the city of Barcelona, ??the companies that hired spaces and the individuals that have a ticket and a reserved hotel. But doing so can have unthinkable, risky consequences. Dismantling it will be very difficult when the stands are already being built and in a week the participants will start arriving.

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