The Mobile World Congress, the organizer of the world’s largest mobile technology exhibition, has decided to ban several Russian companies from displaying their mobile products.
According to Reuters, the GSMA has decided not to allow the display of any mobile technology in the Russian Pavilion after Moscow’s occupation of Ukraine.
GSMA Director General John Huffman told Reuters that the event in Barcelona would not be rescheduled or canceled. The manager also added that “this is an evolving situation … [they] will continue to monitor.
Looking at the current situation, we do not see any need or commitment to it. Of course, this is a developing situation and we will continue to monitor … International sanctions guide us, and some companies have been identified in the sanctions list and their participation will be banned.
He added that only “a few” Russian companies and their executives, whose names and titles have not yet been announced, have been banned.
On the other hand, companies such as VimpelCom, which has been cooperating with Russia for a long time, can continue to be part of the event by paying for a “private show space association”.
Constanti Serrallonga, managing director of Fira de Barcelona (MWC location), said:
Expect to see a print that looks almost like a pre-pandemic event.
If all goes well, the MWC, scheduled to take place in Barcelona from February 28 to March 3, will host about 40,000-60,000 participants, the largest personal event since the pandemic began.