Nokia follows in Ericsson’s footsteps and announces that it will not attend the Mobile World Congress in person
Nokia will also not attend the Mobile World Congress in person. After Ericsson announced on Tuesday that it would not attend the appointment due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nokia has followed in its footsteps, opening the door to the dreaded domino effect that the most important companies in the sector do not want to risk participating in a face-to-face event. Nokia’s announcement, which ensures that it will participate in the virtual activities organized by Mobile, comes after the organization, GSMA, published the security measures against covid 19 with which it wants to guarantee that the congress will be held between the June 28 and July 1.
“After much consideration, Nokia has decided not to have a physical presence at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2021. The health of our employees, customers and partners is of the utmost importance to us,” the company said in a brief statement. Nokia adds that, “in view of the international nature of the event and that the deployment of vaccines is at an early stage,” it will only participate in the virtual activities of the Mobile. “We understand that the GSMA is planning a variety of online activities and we look forward to working with them to understand how we can participate,” the company says.
Nokia’s announcement recalls the first cancellations of large companies for Mobile that was to be held in February 2020. Despite the fact that the pandemic seemed distant, the large companies in the mobile telephony sector began to decline their participation in the event, which finally had to be suspended.
GSMA has chosen for this 2021 edition to celebrate it in early summer, with a greater deployment of the vaccine and a more favorable climate. In addition, it has announced a safety and prevention plan against covid 19 that includes requesting negative PCR tests from attendees every 72 hours, and a reinforcement of hygiene and safety measures. The organization hopes to hold an edition with between 45,000 and 50,000 attendees, more than half of those who came in 2019.
Despite the efforts, the first company to get off the train was Ericsson, followed by Nokia. This company was one of the first to announce its withdrawal also in the 2020 edition. However, it did participate in the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai that took place last February.