The telecommunications and consumer technology industries continue to feel the impact of the coronavirus.
The initial outbreak of the coronavirus in China disrupted global supply chains, but as the outbreak has grown into a global pandemic, with over 125,000 confirmed cases across 118 countries, the consequences have become even more far-reaching and less predictable.
Mobile World Congress, a seminal conference in the telecommunications industry, was among the first in a string of industry conferences and keynotes to be cancelled as part of containment efforts. Most notably, Mobile World Congress (MWC), which was set to take place February 24-27 in Barcelona, was also cancelled due to concerns over the virus. MWC is a cornerstone event in the connectivity industry as it brings together the most important companies in the space to network, share innovations, and forge new business partnerships. And as more employees are being asked to work remotely, the industry faces the prospect now of delayed initiatives and missed partnership opportunities.
In regards to our own plans, MapAll was due to showcase at the ARCH Summit in Luxembourg (www.archsummit.lu). The FTTH Conference in Berlin (www.ftthcnference.eu) and Connected Britain in London (www.connectedbritain.com) now all postponed until October 2020.
But the telecommunications and technology industries have also found opportunities to help with what matters most — keeping people safe and healthy — by aiding companies that are scrambling to make videoconferencing technology more broadly available, assisting governments disseminate accurate information to citizens about the virus, and finding uses for smart city technologies to combat the pandemic.
These are truly scary times we are all living in and in my opinion a wide range of business may never recover. The world has changed over the last few months what it will look like out the other side of this pandemic is anyone’s guess.
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