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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain is the world’s biggest mobile trade show, but the coronavirus will be making it a little smaller this year — Chinese phone manufacturer and telecom giant ZTE just confirmed that it’s canceling its press conference at MWC 2020, citing secondary effects of the virus outbreak.
It’s partly due to practical issues like travel and visa delays, a spokesperson tells The Verge. Some people weren’t going to make it to Barcelona in time anyhow. But the mild case of xenophobia that accompanies the disease may also play a role: “[We] tend to be an overly courteous company, and simply don’t want to make people uncomfortable,” writes the rep.
ZTE announced its first 5G phone at Mobile World Congress last year.
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