Sony, Amazon drop out of major European tech show over virus
LONDON (AP) – Sony and Amazon are the latest companies to pull out of a major European technology show due to fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Sony said Monday it’s scrapping its appearance at Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile industry trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain, this month.
Instead, the company will launch its latest devices through its YouTube channel on Feb. 24, the first day of the show.
Amazon is withdrawing “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus,” the e-commerce giant said in a brief statement.
“We are contending with a constantly evolving situation that will require fast adaptability,” the GSMA said. It had already planned to step up cleaning and disinfecting measures, recommend a “no handshake policy” and make sure speakers don’t use the same microphone.
Last week, Swedish equipment maker Ericsson, one of the show’s biggest exhibitors dropped out, along with South Korean electronics giant LG and graphics chip maker Nvidia. China’s ZTE, meanwhile, scaled back by dropping its press conference.
More than 100,000 people, including 5,000-6,000 from China, typically attend Mobile World Congress and organizers were expecting similar figures this year.