The COVID-19 pandemic has removed another major event from the 2020 conference schedule. The GSMA has announced that it has officially cancelled MWC Los Angeles, largely because it will not be able to guarantee the safety of its guests in the current public health environment.
MWC Los Angeles is the third MWC event to be cancelled this year. The GSMA’s flagship MWC Barcelona event was originally scheduled to take place in February, but was cancelled less than two weeks out as the coronavirus rapidly spread across the globe. The organization was able to give guests far more lead time when it made the decision to cancel MWC Shanghai in April.
The decision to cancel MWC Los Angeles was made in consultation with CTIA, which is the GSMA’s partner for the event. The GSMA indicated that it will search for other ways to connect with its associates in North America, and that it is now moving forward with plans for MWC Los Angeles 2021.
While the GSMA has opted to cancel its events, other conferences have been postponed in the hopes that it may be safe to reopen later in the year. For example, Money20/20 Europe is currently slated for September, while ID4Africa has been pushed back until October.