LG Electronics today said it will withdraw from exhibiting and participating at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2020) in February in Barcelona, Spain.
LG Electronics said it is monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus outbreak, which was recently declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization as the virus continues to spread outside China.
The decision follows advice from health experts. LG aims to prevent exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel.
LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products.
GSMA earlier said it will go ahead with the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest event for telecom professionals, despite the coronavirus attack.
China’s Huawei Technologies said on Wednesday it still planned to hold events around the Mobile World Congress being held on Feb. 24-27.
“We are keeping a close eye on matters and having to internally adjust accordingly and responsibly,” a spokesman said after South Korea’s LG Electronics pulled out due to the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.
Huawei, the world’s top supplier of telecoms equipment and No. 2 smartphone maker, is a big exhibitor at the event organized by the GSMA industry group.
ZTE, another supplier from China, will ensure its participation at the Mobile World Congress this year.
ZTE — with the theme of Towards 5G Business Success — will participate in MWC20 Barcelona, showcasing #5G end-to-end solutions and 5G devices.