February 12, 2020 / 1:33 PM / 14 days ago

Vodafone joins Mobile World Congress exodus

FILE PHOTO: A branded sign is displayed on a Vodafone store in London, Britain May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone (VOD.L), the world’s second largest mobile operator, said it was pulling out of Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress because of the coronavirus outbreak, joining an exodus of major European players on Wednesday.

“Vodafone has been carefully monitoring the news on the coronavirus and has noted the recent warnings from the World Health Organization,” the company said.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw from this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton

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