After skipping a year due to COVID-19, the GSMA is bringing back the Mobile World Congress event this year. The annual exhibition will take place from June 28th to July 1st in Barcelona, Spain, with as many as 50,000 people attending.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, many companies have bowed out of the conference. While tech giant Samsung Electronics plans to attend the event, it will only do so virtually.
“The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is our number one priority, so we have made the decision to withdraw from exhibiting in-person at this year’s MWC. We look forward to participating virtually and continuing to work with GSMA and industry partners to advance new mobile experiences,” wrote Samsung in a statement.
The GSMA says attendees will need to have a negative test before attending the event, but many companies are still skipping the event even with that caveat. Some of the companies that don’t plan to attend the event include Sony, Google, Nokia, Ericsson and more.