Nokia phone maker HMD Global also pulls out of MWC due to coronavirus risks

In the past few days, several companies like Amazon, Sony, Vivo, Intel, Nvidia, TCL, LG, and Ericsson have cancelled their events at MWC 2020. All these brands announced their withdrawal from one of the world’s largest tech shows following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Now, HMD Global, the company that makes and sells Nokia phones, has also pulled out from MWC 2020. Just like all other companies, HMD Global has stated that it is not participating in the show to safeguard the health and well-being of its employees and other stakeholders.

This is 2019 lineup of Nokia feature phones

“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”, said the company in a statement.

“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”, added the brand further.

The company’s MWC 2020 event was scheduled for February 23rd, a day before the tech show kicks off. At the event, HMD Global was expected to introduce its first 5G-enabled smartphone, apart from a few affordable Android phones and a 4G feature phone.

It’s worth mentioning that Nokia fans will not have to wait much longer for new devices. In the statement, HMD Global has mentioned that it will soon update its partners and consumers on a new timeline for its product announcements. So it looks like the brand will still go ahead and introduce what it had lined up for the MWC event in the near future.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay aka TechAkko has been writing about phones and other consumer electronic products since 2011. He has a special interest in smartphones, games and outer space, and you will always find him crawling the web for new and fascinating information for the same. When he wants a break from the digital world, he enjoys spending time in the peaceful environment of the Himalayas.