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Mobile World Congress postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mashable 23 Sep 2020 02:30
GSMA chief executive officer John Hoffman gives a press conference in Barcelona on September 23, 2020.
GSMA chief executive officer John Hoffman gives a press conference in Barcelona on September 23, 2020.
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It's going to be another February without Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

The GSMA, the organization behind the Mobile World Congress (MWC), announced on Wednesday that this year's MWC Barcelona will take place between June 28 and July 1, 2021. 

The world's largest mobile industry event typically takes place in late February or early March, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organization to move the date into the summer months. 

"Moving MWC21 Barcelona, initially scheduled for the first week of March 2021, allows the GSMA to contend with external circumstances related to Covid-19," the GSMA said in a press release. "The GSMA is committed and investing so that MWC21 Barcelona can go ahead safely and offer the unique, unmissable experience that has made it the world’s most important mobile ecosystem convening platform. MWC21 Barcelona will also have virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to convene physically."

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