Nokia and BT pull out of the world’s top mobile conference over virus fears


Nokia and BT are the latest companies to ditch the world’s largest mobile conference because of the risk that its employees could catch the novel coronavirus.

The two firms joined Amazon, Ericsson, Facebook, Sony, Intel, Cisco, LG and other tech companies in withdrawing from this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Nokia said it took the decision was made “after a full assessment of the risks related to a fast-moving situation.”

“Primary focus has been to safeguard the health and well-being of employees and others while also recognizing responsibility to the industry and customers,” it said in the statement.

BT said pulling out was the “most responsible decision.”

“Unfortunately, the most responsible decision is to withdraw our participation from the event to safeguard our employees and customers.”

The conference, scheduled for February 24-27, normally attracts 100,000 attendees and over 2,400 companies. It is considered the mobile industry’s biggest event, one where many companies launch new products.

Source: CNN News

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