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Ericsson pulls out of major Barcelona conference over coronavirus – Source Reuters Tech News

STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) – Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson withdrew on Friday from this month’s major international telecoms conference in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the second major exhibitor to pull out.

FILE PHOTO: The Ericsson logo is seen at the Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Olof Swahnberg/File Photo

The Mobile World Congress, which usually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, has come under increased scrutiny since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus epidemic a public health emergency of international concern.

Following the decision by South Korea’s LG Electronics to withdraw from the event that runs from Feb. 24 to 27, Ericsson said it took the decision to pull out after carrying out an extensive internal risk assessment.

“We weren’t able to guarantee the safety of our employees but also all of the people who will be visiting us at the booth,” Ericsson Chief Marketing and…

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