NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay

Nokia Networks has postponed an industry analyst conference because of flu concerns, Light Reading has learned. The meeting was to be held from May 18 to May 20 in Dallas at the Grand Hyatt DFW Hotel.

"After much consideration, we regretfully have decided to postpone the Nokia Siemens Networks Analyst Conference due to the ongoing concern and uncertainty around the Influenza A(H1N1) virus (a.k.a. Swine Flu)," NSN's head of analyst relations, Rauno Granath, wrote to the meeting's prospective attendees in an email this week.

"Because the conference involves travel by individuals from countries around the world, including Mexico, we thought it prudent to postpone the meeting until details about the virus and its cause are better understood and communicated."

A Dallas-area NSN spokeswoman, responding to a Light Reading email inquiry, says the company took the concerns of its employees and analysts "very seriously, and [they] believe this was the right decision for this meeting." [Ed. note: What? And miss an opportunity for branded surgical masks?]

Texas is home to about 10 percent of the 403 confirmed swine flu cases nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NSN's extra caution regarding travelers from Mexico appears warranted. About one-third of the U.S. cases have been linked to trips to Mexico, health officials say, which leads the world with 822 laboratory confirmed cases of infection, including 29 deaths.

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

heretoday 12/5/2012 | 4:05:30 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay Maybe they caught the Nortel bug.
menexis 12/5/2012 | 4:05:29 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay

I wonder how much of the swine flu was on the minds of people.

Professionalism 12/5/2012 | 4:05:29 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay I think you should focus your attention on technology news than something people are worrying about - If you think its a joke think again!
FatherTime 12/5/2012 | 4:05:28 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay



You are a ginormous wuss.



DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:05:27 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay Swine flu's a big deal in this part of the country. Lots of school closings, businesses changing plans, etc. It's definitely a relevant story.
Professionalism 12/5/2012 | 4:05:23 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay Then we need to be writing in the Dallas papers than.. This story is passe ..let the dailies take care of it. Media exposure has been overrated
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:05:20 PM
re: NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay

Why so touchy about this one story?

Is it passé that NSN employees were so freaked out about foreign analysts coming to their meeting that they locked it down? That happens everyday, right? Totally commonplace, is it? Not newsworthy at all, eh?

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