Nokia And Vodafone Withdraw From MWC 2020 Due To Coronavirus

Nokia was present at the MWC 2019, but has decided not to attend in 2020 due to fears of the coronavirus.
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                                                Nokia and Vodafone are the last companies to announce their withdrawal from the Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona because of concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus.The Finnish company, Nokia, published a statement on February 12 in which it explains that it has been following carefully the situation of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, with the aim of making a decision based on reliable facts regarding its attendance at the Mobile World Congress 2020.

Like other companies that have also retired, Nokia says: “The health and safety of our employees is our absolute priority, but we are also aware that we have a responsibility to the industry and our customers. In view of this, we we have taken the necessary time to assess the situation, interact with the GSMA and other interested parties, regularly consult experts and external authorities, and plan risk management based on a wide range of scenarios. “Instead of meeting with clients and interested parties in Barcelona, ​​Nokia says it plans to go directly to customers with a series of “Nokia Live” events aimed at making the demonstrations and launches they had scheduled for the MWC. The company thus cancels both its presence at the fair and its conference press scheduled for February 23. For its part, the French operator Vodafone made a similar announcement on February 12 in your Twitter account

, also claiming that he retires from the fair for health reasons.Nokia and Vodafone join a long list of companies that have decided that it is not worth risking the health of their employees to attend the Barcelona mobile fair. Given this situation, the GSMA, the organization that coordinates the MWC, will meet on February 12 to decide if it will finally be held or if its dates will be canceled or modified. Editor’s Note: This article was updated on February 12 at 1:18 pm / UTC to add a report on the extraordinary GSMA meeting evaluating the possible cancellation of the Mobile World Congress and at 1:24 pm/UTC to add the Vodafone announcement.

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