I am getting deja vu. The massive-name attendees at this 12 months’s Cellular World Congress are beginning to withdraw from the in-person occasion scheduled for late June. Similar to they did final February. They had been planning 50,000 attendees and are setting up rigorous security measures and testing to maintain attendees wholesome and keep away from a “super-spreader” occasion.
Sony, Nokia and Ericsson are the primary corporations to withdraw from the occasion in individual, however it is just a matter of time earlier than all the massive corporations withdraw as a result of “an abundance of warning”. I do know the GSMA is already engaged on making the present a hybrid occasion and massive gamers are more likely to attend, however I’ve a sense the digital aspect must be the precedence.
I simply can’t see an incredible in-person present occurring at this level. The UK is forward of its time with vaccinations, however even then, many of the age teams collaborating within the MWC won’t have been absolutely vaccinated on the time of the present. And that implies that, aside from Israel, not even sufficient potential individuals may have been vaccinated. And even should you’re vaccinated, it reduces the danger of great sickness, hospitalization, or dying, however it’s not a magic bullet to cease it utterly. Not solely that, however there’s mounting proof of a 3rd wave over continental Europe. There could also be a small bodily presence in Barcelona this 12 months, however it will not be the identical in any respect, with checks, temperature controls and social distances. It isn’t an excellent occasion. And let’s face it, lots of what makes MWC enticing is the social facet of it.
After all, this can be a main blow to the leisure and business. And for me, it is one more 12 months the place I can not throw a Swedish Beers occasion, or anything in individual for that matter, thus considerably inhibiting my incomes potential.
A 12 months in the past, when the primary wave was forming, I do not suppose anybody imagined it could go on that lengthy or that our lives and freedoms would change as a lot as they did. I want to go to MWC once more, however won’t go to on the finish of July. It is simply too early. And for individuals who suppose that life will return to kind of regular, however with masks and hand washing comes July, I do not really feel so protected. I believe we now have extra curler coasters forward of us and a 3rd wave to deal with. Fasten your seat belts. It could nonetheless be a bit patchy.
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