HMD Global and BT are the latest in an avalanche of companies pulling out of MWC 2020.
Coronavirus fears have led numerous big names to pull out of the industry conference. Now, Nokia parent company HMD Global has ruled itself out of the show.
That’s a huge blow to those who were hoping to learn more about the Nokia 9.2 PureView, though there is a chance the company could release information on YouTube, via smaller events, or elsewhere, as other companies have set a precedent for these alternatives.
The company said, in a press release:
“Our key focus has been to safeguard the health and well-being of employees and other stakeholders.
“HMD Global has been carefully monitoring the situation following the outbreak of Covid-19. After much deliberation, we have decided to cancel our participation at MWC Barcelona, 2020.
“MWC Barcelona has always been a key event in our annual calendar and we were very excited to showcase our new products to our partners, customers, media and fans. However, the health and safety of our employees, customers, and stakeholders is our highest priority.
“We believe the prudent decision is to cancel our participation at Mobile World Congress and want to express our sincere thanks to the GSMA and other authorities for their tireless efforts to address the challenges resulting from Covid-19, and they have our full support as they move forward.”
Show attendees have been pulling out left, right and centre. Big names that are already out include LG, Nvidia, Ericsson and Amazon.
BT has withdrawn from the event, citing similar concerns. A BT spokesperson told City A.M.: “We value our participation in important industry groups like GSMA and deeply respect the steps they have already taken to protect attendees… Unfortunately, the most responsible decision is to withdraw our participation from the event to safeguard our employees and customers.”