Amazon och Sony ställer in sitt deltagande på MWC

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Inatt meddelade Amazon att de ställer in sitt deltagande på Mobile World Congress, MWC. Sony meddelade precis att även de väljer att inte närvara på mässan.

Innan de här två giganterna valde att ställa in så gick arrangörerna ut och sa att “the show must go on” och att det skulle fortsätta som vanligt. GSMA, som är arrangören bakom MWC, har på sin hemsida beskrivit alla säkerhetsåtgärder som kommer vidtas, bland annat kommer personer från Hubei-provinsen inte vara tillåtna på mässan. GSMA skriver så här på sin hemsida:

In addition to all of the health and safety measures put in place, the Spanish health authorities, Host City Partners, other relevant agencies and the GSMA are collaborating. The GSMA is seeking to reassure attendees and exhibitors that their health and safety are our paramount concern, by the following additional measures being put in place:

  • All travellers from the Hubei province will not be permitted access to the event*
  • All travellers who have been in China will need to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China 14 days prior to the event (passport stamp, health certificate)
  • Temperature screening will be implemented
  • Attendees will need to self-certify they have not been in contact with anyone infected.

While further planning is underway, we will continue to monitor the situation and will adapt our plans according to developments and advice we receive. We are contending with a constantly evolving situation, that will require fast adaptability.

Measures being implemented include:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitising materials and products
  • Increased onsite medical support – doubled over last year
  • Awareness campaign via online and onsite info-share and signage
  • Availability of sanitising and disinfection materials for public use
  • Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc.
  • Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of stands, offices along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behaviour
  • Public health guidelines and advice communication to Barcelona hotels, public and private transport, restaurants and catering outlets, retail, etc.
  • Installing new signage onsite reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations
  • Implementing a microphone disinfecting and change protocol for all speakers
  • Communicating advice to all attendees to adopt a ‘no-handshake policy’
  • A 24-hour telephone Security and Medical service for all attendees, operational from 12th to 29th February 2020. This number appears on the back of badge holders, in the event App and on signage around the venue.

Sony var förväntade att släppa nya telefoner, Xperia 5 Plus, på MWC. Enligt Engadget så kan vi förvänta oss att få se lanseringen via YouTube istället.

Nvidia, ZTE och LG, har tidigare meddelat att de inte kommer att medverka på den stora mobilmässan i Barcelona i slutet av februari. Därefter svenska Ericsson som tidigare varit en gigant på just denna mässa. Allt för att undvika spridning av Coronaviruset.