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MWC 2022 maintains a face-to-face format, despite the increase in cases of Covid-19

One of the main mobile technology events in the world, the Mobile World Congress 2022 (MWC 2022) will maintain the in-person format. Despite the increase in Covid-19 cases due to the Ômicron variant , the organization chose not to change the convention's schedule.

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The GSMA, organizer of MWC 2022, said in a note to TechRadar that "it will keep to planning, given changing global circumstances." Thus, the event is still scheduled to take place from February 28th to March 3rd in Barcelona, Spain.

“Our teams are still busy preparing for MWC Barcelona and we encourage you to check our website for all the information you need on how to plan a safe experience”, indicates the note sent by the organization to the North American website.


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MWC 2019 was the last edition of the event in face-to-face format (Image: Reproduction/TechRadar)

With the status of the largest mobile technology conference in the world, MWC is often used by manufacturers as a stage for the unveiling of new cell phones and wearable devices, in particular. The 2019 edition, the last one held in person, had more than 100,000 participants.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced changes in the event's staging in recent years. In 2020, the fair was canceled a few days before it took place and, in 2021, the convention took place on new dates and with a reduced schedule .

Returning to the fully face-to-face format in 2022, some companies have already confirmed their participation in MWC 2022. Samsung , Oppo , Xiaomi and Sony are some of the brands that should carry out announcements during the fair.

On the official website, the GSMA revealed the precautions it is taking in relation to Covid-19. For example, all participants must present a vaccination certificate or a negative test result at the entrance to the event.

With the absence of major brands, CES 2022 had a reduced audience (Image: Joe Buglewicz/AP)

CES emptying and changes at E3

The rise in Covid-19 cases due to the Omicron variant is impacting the organization of major technology conventions. E3, the world's largest gaming fair, announced that the event will have exclusively digital programming for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, CES 2022, the world's largest technology fair, was held last week in Las Vegas, USA. However, several brands chose not to participate in the event in person for security reasons.

Amazon , Google , OnePlus , Lenovo , Microsoft , Nvidia and Intel were not at the in-person event. In all, 75 companies canceled their participation and some of them only held virtual panels to announce new products.

Therefore, it is expected that a similar action will occur among the manufacturers that will participate in MWC 2022. So far, none of the confirmed brands have taken a position on the organization's decision.

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