Coronavirus Impact: Which Tradeshows are Cancelled, Postponed or Going Ahead?

Which Telco & Broadcaster tradeshows were you planning to attend this year? After the shock of MWC Barcelona being cancelled it is therefore very likely that many other tradeshows and conferences will be cancelled or postponed too. Here in Deveo we like to make life easier for you, so we’ve compiled a list of CSP Tradeshows that have been cancelled, postponed or are going ahead. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, several countries have put restrictions in place on gatherings of crowds, and many companies have put in place employee travel bans. These combined measures make it difficult for tradeshows to proceed, after all a key component of a successful tradeshow is the people!

Rescheduled or cancelled?

We’re already starting to see a trend to reschedule rather than cancel. The event organisers are trying desperately to stop their losses. Certainly the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2020 are shaping up to be extremely busy with many event organisers hedging their bets and postponing rather than cancelling. September and October are starting to look especially busy in our calendar.

Since the situation is rapidly evolving, we have compiled a list of all the events that attract CSPs (Communication Service Providers) and are following these to let you know if they have been officially cancelled, postponed or are going ahead.

On the grapevine….

(And shhhhh….. rumour has it…. since we are so well connected in the Telco & Broadcaster industries, we often hear rumours of what will happen before it is officially announced. We are happy to provide you with our unique insights.)

List updated daily

We’ll continue to update our list of cancelled & postponed conferences as soon as we hear of them, through official or unofficial channels. If you know of any events being cancelled or postponed please feel free to email us at and we will include them on our list.


CANCELLED! MWC Barcelona 24 – 27 February, Barcelona, Spain
The world’s leading telco event, bringing together more than 100,000 attendees every year to discuss the latest trends & technologies was cancelled on 12th February after some big-name exhibitors pulled out citing employee safety.

CANCELLED! DVB World 9 – 11 March, Valencia, Spain
DVB World is an annual conference focused on media delivery and distribution using DVB standards, services and technology. There are no plans to reschedule this year.

CANCELLED! MIPTV 30 March – 2 April, Cannes, France
MIPTV sees around 9500 professionals join together in the South of France from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem. The purpose is to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends. The French government have banned gatherings of more than 5000 people. There are no plans to reschedule.

CANCELLED! PBS TechCon 15 – 17 April, Las Vegas, USA
PBS have limited non-essential business travel, and as such, this event cannot proceed. An educational event for anyone in public media who works in technology. Evolving with the industry, the conference brings together Broadcast, Digital, IT, Traffic and Station Management sessions and discussions for attendees.

CANCELLED! ANGA COM 12 – 14 May, Cologne, Germany
Officially declared ‘postponed’ the new dates are 8 – 10 June 2021, so I think we can count this as cancelled for 2020.
Up-to-date broadband and media topics will be addressed equally.

MWC Shanghai 30 June – 2 July, Shanghai, China
Asia’s leading event for next- generation technology – 5G, IoT, AI, big data and beyond.

CANCELLED! IBC 11 – 15 September, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) is the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology show. On their website IBC mention that IBC2020 will be virtual this year but no exact details have been given yet.

CANCELLED! POSTPONED! Convergence India 29 – 31 January, 7 – 9 July, 20 – 22 October New Delhi, India
Postponed twice now. ICT, telecom, and entertainment ecosystem under one roof to create an interactive platform for the companies to showcase their technical prowess, and tap into new business opportunities.        

CANCELLED! MWC Los Angeles 27 – 30 October, Los Angeles, USA
One of the newest and fastest growing events in the U.S. that brings together leading companies and influential experts from all sectors within the mobile technology industry to advance Intelligent Connectivity – a fusion of 5G, IoT, AI and Big Data.

CANCELLED! MVNOs Europe 2020 3 – 4 November, London, UK
The European MVNO market is the most mature in the world, and this show is dedicated to learning, networking & presenting new technologies. 350 key MVNO professionals from the European market will be present.

Postponed or changed

Quarter 1: January – March

POSTPONED! SVG Europe Nordic Summit 12 March 2020, NO NEW DATE SET YET Bergen, Norway
Sports broadcasters and their technology partners, sports production, remote production, the cloud-based newsroom, eSports, fan engagement and more.       

A virtual show will be put in place in lieu of the in-person convention portion.
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) represents the fixed wireless broadband industry. The members provide broadband access to residential and business customers across the country, often exclusively in rural areas.

CONDENSED FORMAT! Connected TV World Summit, 18 March, London, UK
Normally a 2-day event, this will now only be for 1 day in March taking into account a reduced number of key-note speakers & exhibitors due to travel bans. The organisers hope to host a second full-format summit in October or November to allow anyone who has bought a delegate pass for March to attend for free. In 2020 the summit will allow delegates to delve deeper into future value chain scenarios covering the delivery, infrastructure, monetising subscription and ad-funded TV services.

POSTPONED! China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN2020) 26 – 28 March, NO NEW DATE SET YET, Beijing, China
Comprehensive, professional and Asia-Pacific’s largest broadcasting show.

Quarter 2: April – June

CHANGED FORMAT! NAB Show, 18 – 22 April, 13 – 14 May Las Vegas, USA
We’ve been keeping a close eye on this one, and as of today (23rd March) we know that the organisers will be putting on the NAB Show Express, a digital event for exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos. We also suspect that the NAB Show New York on 21 – 22 October could become a major event this year.

NAB Show is the tradeshow for content professionals from all corners of the media, entertainment and technology ecosystem (broadcast TV, radio, production, post-production, news gathering, streaming, cable TV, satellite TV, film restoration, data storage, data management, connected media and much more.)

POSTPONED! Media Production & Technology Show 13 – 14 May, NO NEW DATE SET YET, London, UK
This is the biggest gathering of media and broadcasting professionals in the UK

POSTPONED & FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT! OTT Summit Asia 2020 5 – 6 March 29 – 30 June, Singapore
A tradeshow to discuss the future of Video Streaming in Asia. With 40 speakers & over 200 participants this portponed tradeshow is still pushing to happen at the end of June.

Quarter 3: July – September

POSTPONED & fully virtual! APOS 21 – 23 April, July 21 – 23 and 1 – 3 September 2020, Bali, Indonesia
Asia’s premier event for the media, telecoms and entertainment industry is now split over 2 virtual events for 2020.

POSTPONED & FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT! FILMART 25 – 28 March, 27 – 29 August 2020 Hong Kong
Asia’s largest film and entertainment market.

VIRTUAL EVENT! 5G World Summit 9 – 11 June 1 – 3 September, London, UK
Now a fully online virtual event. Europe’s leading event to bring together the 5G ecosystem & define the next steps towards 5G roll out and monetisation.

POSTPONED! MVNOs WORLD CONGRESS 2020 27 – 30 April, 1 – 4 September Berlin, Germany
This 4 day event is the only dedicated global MVNO tradeshow bringing together over 800 senior MVNOs professionals from around the globe to learn and network with 130 speakers.

POSTPONED! IoT World + MtoM Embedded 18 – 19 March, 23 – 24 September 2020 Paris, France
A French show, where connected things meet business.

POSTPONED! Microwave & RF 18 – 19 March, 23 – 24 September, Paris, France
Dedicated to the sectors of Radiofrequencies, Microwaves, Wireless, EMC and optical Fiber.

VIRTUAL EVENT! MVNOs Asia 29 – 30 September
Bringing together MVNOs, Operators and Solution Providers over a two day event. The aim is to provide networking opportunities and learn from quality content delivered by over 40 expert speakers.

POSTPONED & NOW FULLY VIRTUAL! ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 9 – 11 June, 29 September – 1 October, Singapore
The decision was made in June to turn this into a fully virtual event for 2020 before returning in its traditional format next June. Asia’s key international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) trade event. Exchange views on how technology can bring about change in the world’s economy.

Quarter 4: October – December

POSTPONED! StreamTV Show 1 – 3 June, 5 – 7 October Denver, USA
The event is concerned with the fast-paced, converging markets of pay TV & OTT.

VIRTUAL EVENT! TM Forum Digital Transformation World 16 – 18 June, 7 – 11 November
The event is focused on the digital transformation of the telecom industry.

VIRTUAL EVENT! SCTE Cable-Tec 12 – 15 October, Denver, USA
The largest cable telecommunications and technology trade show in the Americas.

VIRTUAL EVENT! Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 13 – 15 October
Global operator-led event for the networks industry.

POSTPONED & FULLY VIRTUAL! SportsPro OTT Asia 25 – 26 March 21 – 22 October, Singapore
International rights holders, broadcasters and digital innovators in the subscription OTT sports video market.

VIRTUAL EVENT! Cabsat 31 March – 02 April, 26 – 28 October, 9 – 10 November, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East & Africa’s leading event for content creation, production & broadcast and satellite & distribution. It will be a virtual event only for 2020.

VIRTUAL EVENT! AfricaCom 9 – 13 November, Cape Town, South Africa
This is the largest African Telco, Media, and Technology Event.

POSTPONED! FTTH Conference 21 – 23 April, 1 – 3 December, Berlin, Germany.
The largest fibre-related summit in the world, brings together thought, business and innovation leaders.

POSTPONED! MVNOs LatAm 2020 16 – 17 June, 2 – 3 December, Bogota, Colombia
MVNOs Latam gathers together the industry leaders for networking, learning, and exhibiting the latest technologies.

Going Ahead

Quarter 1: January – March

Sportel Miami 3 – 6 March, Miami, USA           
SPORTEL, the world’s only convention for the international sports media and technology industry.

Quarter 2: April – June

Quarter 3: July – September

BIRTV 18 – 22 August, Beijing, China
The most influential exhibition in the broadcasting industry in Asia.

Quarter 4: October – December

Sportel Monaco 26 – 28 October, Monaco
The world’s only exhibition and trade floor for the international sports media & technology industry.

Futurecom 27 – 29 October, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Exhibition of digital solutions with broad networking opportunities

e-SIM Connect 3 – 4 November 2020
Looking at the eSIM reality across the M2M, IoT and mobile industries.

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