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US technology giants backs out citing safety concerns, and Google also confirms its withdrawal from this year's event.
The US equipment maker will join Ericsson, Nokia and others in deciding to participate online and not attend the event in person.
UK operator's decision to withdraw in person follows cancellations by major equipment vendors earlier in the week.
Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.
Just like last year, Ericsson is leading a growing number of vendors in withdrawing from this year's MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain, in June.
The mother of all telecom trade shows has just unveiled details of a health-and-safety plan that will either encourage or deter attendees.
The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefónica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.
But the question on everyone's lips is whether next year's show will eventually be canceled.
The GSMA is forced to cancel its big Asian event after Chinese authorities warn against mass gatherings.
The coronavirus has cut significantly into some organizations' event revenues. Now, some members of the CCA have pledged to reject refunds on their trade show expenses in order to keep the association up and running.
Weeks after this year's show was canceled, the trade association has offered credits against the costs of future shows and, for those companies that didn't cancel, a partial cash refund.
Scott and Jamie are joined by Paul Nolan from CC Group PR to reflect on a tough week for telecom industry CEOs.
The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.
Rakuten missed its 4G mobile network launch date last year, but company officials this week reiterated the Japanese company will soon turn on 'the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native network.'
Companies like Parallel Wireless, Allot and Lynk are working to fill in the hole left by the cancellation of the MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
Cisco rolls out new software stacks and automation tools to help network operators get ready for all the sweet hell that's going to be unleashed with billions of devices running on 5G.
The coronavirus looms large in this week's pod, which isn't coming live from Barcelona.
Intel said it expects to become the world's leading provider of silicon for 5G basestations by next year, tapping into an opportunity the company said ought to be worth roughly $25 billion by 2023.