Amazon is fourth company to pull out of major telecoms conference over coronavirus fears

The coronavirus has dealt a blow to one of the world’s biggest telecom industry’s conventions with Amazon pulling out of this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The congress attracts over 100,000 delegates, with Amazon following the lead of South Korea’s LG Electronics, Swedish equipment maker Ericsson and U.S. chipmaker Nvidia who all announced they were pulling out of the event.

Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS was due to host a full-day conference track on the first day of the congress.

“Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about the new coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020,” the GSMA telecoms industry association said in a statement.

The congress will go ahead as planned on February 24-27, with increased health precautions to protect against the coronavirus outbreak. These measures include barring visitors from China’s Hubei province. Visitors from China must prove they have been outside the country for two weeks prior to the event, which will affect the 5000 to 6000 visitors from China that attend.

Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE will still attend, but have called on China-based staff to self-isolate ahead of the event to ensure they are not carrying the virus.