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Organizers poised to call off Mobile World Congress: sources – Source Reuters Tech News

MADRID/PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Organizers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will decide on Wednesday whether to cancel the event, two sources said, after several major European telecom companies pulled out due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Banners with information of MWC20 (Mobile World Congress) are pictured in Barcelona, Spain February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Orange (ORAN.PA) and BT (BT.L) ditched the event, along with Finnish network equipment maker Nokia (NOKIA.HE), according to sources and official statements, leaving the Barcelona event without some of its main backers.

The GSMA industry association that organizes the conference was due to hold a ‘virtual’ meeting of its board, consisting of 25 industry bosses, at 1300 GMT to discuss its options, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

“They have to cancel,” said a source with one exhibitor that has decided to pull out.

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