The GSMA has confirmed that it will ban certain Russian companies from participating in MWC 2022 next week following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA), which hosts the Mobile World Congress (CMM) trade shows every year, has confirmed that it will ban certain Russian companies from participating in the upcoming event in Barcelona next week. The decision comes days after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in an attack that has been described as the most egregious act of unprovoked aggression in Europe since World War II.
The MWC is an annual trade show organized by the GSMA and held annually in Barcelona, Spain. It is primarily dedicated to the mobile telecommunications industry, with participation from telecommunications equipment manufacturers, smartphone vendors, cellular service providers and more. MWC 2022 is set to kick off on Monday and like every year it is set to be a showcase for many companies around the world to announce their latest mobile products and services.
Following Ukraine’s invasion earlier this week, Russia’s participation in MWC 2022 in Barcelona is partially restricted by the GSMA. According to Reuters, there would be no Russian pavilion at this year’s event, although some Russian companies may still attend the show. This means that some of the small companies that would have exhibited under the Russian pavilion would no longer be able to present their products. However, large companies, such as Russian telecommunications giant VimpelCom, will still be able to purchase floor space individually to demonstrate their products and services, unless directly sanctioned by the international community. .
The GSMA condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Announcing its position to ban certain Russian companies from participating in MWC 2022, the GSMA said it “strongly condemns” the invasion and plans to “cooperate with international sanctions against Russia.” The organization also claimed that it follows all international sanctions and continuously monitors the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine. The GSMA also said there was no need to postpone or cancel the event after the attack. “Of course, this is an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor it,” said GSMA Chief Executive John Hoffman.
Like most exhibitions, exhibitions and trade shows over the past two years, the MWC has fallen on hard times due to the pandemic. Although canceled entirely in 2020 following the COVID-19 outbreak, it was delayed last year due to the emergence of the “Delta” variant and subsequent increase in cases. in the world. As in 2021, CMM this year will also be a hybrid show with both in-person events and streaming keynotes. This year’s event is expected to welcome more than 1,800 exhibitors from 183 countries, with between 40,000 and 60,000 attendees over the four days from February 28 to March 3.
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