Mobile World Congress organizers will ban some Russian companies

The organizers of the Mobile World Congress will exclude a number of Russian companies from the world’s largest mobile technology exhibition, which will take place from February 28 to March 3. Reuters reports.

The Russian pavilion will not display the country’s mobile products at the Barcelona event this year due to international sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine, the GSMA, the industry association that hosts the event, confirms.

Although the GSMA strongly condemned the invasion in a statement on its website, its CEO, John Hoffman, told: Reuters there are no plans to cancel or move the conference. However, he added that “it is an evolving situation” that they “will continue to monitor”.

Although Hoffman also said a “handful, a few” Russian companies and their executives will be banned, he did not disclose names as more sanctions lists were added.

However, companies with ties to Russia — such as the carrier VimpelCom — can still purchase a presence by paying the association for dedicated showflow space.

With the expected 40,000-60,000 in attendance, the conference will be one of the largest in-person events since the start of the pandemic.

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