GSMA postpones Mobile World Congress to late June 2021

By Joan Faus and Douglas Busvine

BARCELONA/BERLIN (Reuters) – The organisers of the Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industry’s biggest annual gathering, said on Wednesday they were postponing next year’s event to late June to make it possible to convene safely despite the coronavirus pandemic.

MWC 2021, originally scheduled for early March, will now be held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 28 to July 1. This year’s congress was cancelled at the last minute as the virus spread around the world.

The event, which combines a glitzy trade show with a frenzy of executive networking, will be face to face but attendance will be down from the 110,000 who traditionally converge in the Catalan capital as winter turns to spring.

“It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be face to face. But it’s going to have a bigger virtual component,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA, the

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2021 Detroit auto show moved from June to late September

The 2021 North American International Auto Show is moving from June to September/October, organizers in Detroit announced Monday.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the most recent edition held. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The marquee industry event has been held for decades in January, but was shifted to June for 2020, before being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The media preview and public days will now be held from Sep. 24 to Oct. 9, 2020.

“September is an excellent time of year for new product, and at the same time, alleviates the challenges a now crowded spring auto show calendar presents for auto show stakeholders,” NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said in a press release on the move.

Earlier in September, organizers for the Los Angeles Auto

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