The implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stretched across the world this week, and began to impact parts of the global telecommunications industry.
Most immediately, the GSMA said it will not host a pavilion for Russian companies at its MWC Barcelona trade show next week. The association routinely organizes venues at MWC for various countries to show off their domestic telecom players.
“The GSMA strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the association said on its MWC website, noting that the situation is “fast moving.”
Continued the GSMA: “MWC is a unifying event with a vision to convene the mobile ecosystem to progress ways and means that connectivity can ensure people, industry, and society thrive. The GSMA follows all government sanctions and policies resulting from this situation. There will be no Russian Pavilion at MWC22. Security for the event is constantly reviewed and adjusted as information emerges.”
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