Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Tech | By Anita Cain

Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020

Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020

Nokia first sent a press release announcing its decision to cancel its participation. "While we appreciate the precautionary measures put into place by the GSMA, we believe the safest option is not to attend MWC 2020 in Barcelona". However, the GSMA is said to be deliberating on the topic, and we would expect a decision soon.

The MWC is a major date on tech company calendars and normally draws more than 100,000 people from all over the world to see the latest innovations and gadgets.

"While further planning is underway, we will continue to monitor the situation and will adapt our plans according to developments and advice we receive", the GMSA said in a prepared statement".

Nokia said Wednesday it has made a decision to withdraw from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain "after a full assessment of the risks related to a fast-moving situation". Apple doesn't participate, but many other major brands make announcements at MWC. However, with the outbreak continuing to spread-we're now at 25 countries-the World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency, and also said that the outbreak poses a "very grave threat". Attendees who have travelled in China must prove that they have not been there in the two weeks prior to the event.

The iconic Finnish firm, one of the cornerstone companies at MWC, and HMD have become the latest to back out of the trade fair. However, the health and safety of our employees, customers and stakeholders is our top priority.

The MWC organizer, GSMA, has also issued broad assurances about growing concerns about the deadly coronavirus.

This includes a ban on all travelers from China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, while those who have been in China must provide proof they have been overseas for 14 days.

It is also encouraging those attending the conference to adopt a "no-handshake" policy.

China's National Health Commission said on Monday that the death toll from coronavirus had now risen to over 900, with the total number of confirmed infections in the country now approaching 40,200.

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