Nokia has confirmed that it will not have a presence at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), breaking a decade-long tradition.
According to an unnamed source cited by the Bloomberg news agency, the decision to pull out of MWC 2010 is a strategic move on Nokia's part, although precisely what this strategy implies is less clear cut.
Industry analyst Tero Kuittinen said that fan and industry expectations surrounding Nokia's summer release line up were growing, but by deciding to shun the MWC this year, it could be putting itself in a difficult position in a few months time.
Mr Kuittinen also noted that in stark contrast to this year, Nokia had a "huge presence" in 2009, with a booth that resembled a spacecraft.
When questioned about the claims, a Nokia spokesperson made no comment, suggesting that there is a high likelihood of the insider's report being accurate.
This news contradicts assertions made by analyst Ben Wood on February 5th, who said that Nokia "will undoubtedly unveil new devices" at the expo.
Mr Wood claimed that these handsets would be targeted at the lower end of the market, where LG and Samsung have been able to make significant gains with full QWERTY messaging phones aimed at teens.