The association of telecommunication operators (GSMA), organizer of the mobile world congress in Barcelona, the Mobile World Congress (MWC), decided to leave Russia without its own pavilion at this key event for the sector that starts on Monday, due to his invasion of the Ukraine.
“The GSMA strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the organizers’ statement begins, also stating that “the situation is evolving rapidly” and, in this context, “several governments are considering broader sanctions against Russia.”
“The GSMA complies with all government sanctions and policies arising from this situation. There will be no Russian pavilion at MWC22″, adds the note that does not allude, however, to the presence of Russian companies in the influential hall.
The pavilion, which no longer appears on the website of the mobile world congress (MWC), was to host a dozen companies from Russia, which for the time being may be present at the event, according to the organization, but without already enjoying this own space.
Scheduled from February 28 to March 3 in Barcelona, this outstanding annual event for the new technology sector aims to recover this year a form very similar to that of before the pandemic.
“In light of this emerging situation and considering the tragic loss of life, the MWC seems irrelevant in these circumstances,” organizers acknowledged in their statement on Friday.
This 16th edition of the MWC must leave behind both the cancellation of 2020 -a few weeks after the pandemic officially exploded in Europe- and the reduced version of 2021, in which it will be the return to Spain of “the entire ecosystem” of telephony mobile, as promised by the GSMA in its presentation a few weeks ago.
The MWC pavilions expect to receive between 40,000 and 60,000 visitors, in addition to 1,500 exhibitors. Given the current situation, the organization indicated that “the security of the event is constantly reviewed and adjusted as information emerges.”
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