NSN Blames Flu for Meeting Delay
"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