The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is having a noticeable impact on the tech industry, with reports indicating that product shipments may be delayed significantly. Now, the upcoming Mobile World Congress is starting to feel the impact as well.
LG announced today that it's backing out of its presence at the show due to concerns regarding the virus outbreak that's infected people all over the world. As you'd expect, this is meant to protect its employees from traveling internationally, especially as the outbreak has been declared as a global emergency by the World Health Organization.
LG says it will replace its MWC attendance with its own events where it will talk about its products for 2020. It didn't announce any dates or locations yet, though.
LG isn't the first to back out of MWC because of coronavirus. ZTE also made a similar announcement earlier today, and it now remains to be seen if other companies will follow suit. So far, the MWC organizer, GSMA, hasn't made changes to its own plans for the event, but the situation could change depending on how the outbreak develops in the coming weeks.