Nokia’s First EV-DO Phone Slips Out Of FCC

The FCC today cleared Nokia’s first handset entry into the EV-DO market. The 6305i is a slider-style phone with a 1.3 Megapixel camera, stereo speakers but does not appear to have advanced features like Bluetooth or even a memory card slot.

The FCC today cleared Nokia’s first handset entry into the EV-DO market. The 6305i is a slider-style phone with a 1.3 Megapixel camera, stereo speakers but does not appear to have advanced features like Bluetooth or even a memory card slot. Although the 6305i bears the Nokia logo it is made by SK Teletech – the first product of a manufacturing agreement announced in March. Further separating the 6305i from other Nokias, it will use Verizon’s proprietary menus and interface instead of Nokia Series 40.
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Decision on 3g spectrum by 2006 first quarter

The decision on 3G spectrum is expected to be taken by first quarter of 2006, said Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran

NEW DELHI: The government of India is likely to take a decision on 3G spectrum early next year.

?The decision on 3G spectrum is expected to be taken by first quarter of 2006,? said Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran.

Speaking on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit, he added, ?We welcome more players in 3G, but the quality and the price at which services would be provided should be competitive, as it is a value-added service.?

He further said, ?3G is not a replacement of 2G. Even when 3G comes into India, investment in 2G would still continue.?

Speaking on the issue of unbundling the last mile, Maran opined, ?Government will not go for unbundling the last mile. I am very happy with the broadband progress and see no necessity for unbundling the last mile.?

He also stressed on the need for provision of more content. ?Price of broadband and PCs have gone down but there is no content to be accessed through these. We have to make sure that it is available,? he said.

He further informed that the new telecom policy would be out next year. ?IndiaOne is also happening and we have removed almost all barriers for its rollout,? he added.

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Nokia wins a GSM network contract with Telefonica Moviles Colombia

Nokia and Telefonica Moviles have agreed to provide a complete GSM system deal to Telefonica Moviles Colombia which includes GSM radio access and MSC Server System (MSS), giving it the chance to broaden its service offering to its customers. The deal marks a new customer for Nokia.

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Nokia wins a GSM network contract with Telef?nica M?viles Colombia

First agreement for introducing Nokia MSC Server System in Telef?nica M?viles Group

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Telef?nica M?viles have agreed to provide a complete GSM system deal to Telef?nica M?viles Colombia which includes GSM radio access and MSC Server System (MSS), giving Telef?nica M?viles the chance to broaden its service offering to its customers. The deal marks a new customer for Nokia.

“Nokia has shown understanding of our customer requirements, and has been a reliable supplier of network equipment and services to meet those requirements,” says Sergio Regueros, CEO, Telef?nica M?viles Colombia, “Through this new deal, movistar takes a step forward to provide the best and widest range of services in Colombia and in the immediate future, will enable the migration to more advanced mobile services.”

Nokia is supplying Telef?nica M?viles subsidiary in Colombia with a new mobile softswitch: Nokia MSC Server System, compliant with the 3GPP release 4 standardization. Nokia is also supplying a country-wide GSM radio network, complemented by Nokia NetAct (TM) network service and management system, Operations Support System (OSS) and operations support for three months. The deal includes network planning, installation, optimization services and training. Deliveries have already begun.

“This agreement reinforces our successful cooperation with Telef?nica M?viles in Latin America, enabling them to expand their offering in the voice and data market in Colombia,” says Guillermo Mairena, Account Director for Telef?nica M?viles, Networks, Nokia. “In addition, it strengthens the leadership of Nokia in the area of new switching solutions, which will allow Telef?nica to be ready to implement 3G services and to take advantage of important savings in transmission costs.”

About Telef?nica M?viles S.A.
Telef?nica M?viles, a Telef?nica Group company, is the world’s second-largest mobile telephony multinational and the leading cellular company in the Spanish-and Portuguese- speaking markets. The company has operations in 15 countries across three continents and a customer base that exceeded 89 million at September 30, 2005. During 2004, Telef?nica M?viles obtained revenues of 11.828 billion euros. Ebitda rose 5.3% in the year, to 4.701 billion euros, while net profit totalled 1.634 billion euros. The company’s shares trade on the Spanish stock exchanges and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol tem. For more information visit our website: www.telefonicamoviles.com

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

Nokia 6282 announced

As part of its annual Capital Market Days event, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled one of the industry’s first mobile handsets designed to support 1900MHz UMTS networks expected to go online in the Americas during 2006.

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Nokia 6282: High-speed UMTS performance for 3G customers in the Americas

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Nokia 6282 phone combines 1 megapixel camera, QVGA display, and sleek slide design with 3G technology

New York, NY, US – As part of its annual Capital Market Days event, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled one of the industry’s first mobile handsets designed to support 1900MHz UMTS networks expected to go online in the Americas during 2006. In addition to enabling 3G services, the new Nokia 6282 phone features a 2.2 inch, 320×240 pixel QVGA display, a 1 megapixel camera, FM radio, digital music player with hot-swappable miniSD card support, Bluetooth technology and an eye-catching sliding design. The Nokia 6282 phone (GSM 850/1900/1800/UMTS 1900 MHz) is expected to be available during the first quarter of 2006 in markets offering 1900MHz UMTS service.

New UMTS networks supported by the Nokia 6282 phone enable customers to access a number of exciting 3G services. Some of these services include streaming multimedia audio and video content and the rapid upload and download of large files – including downloadable games and video, MP3 or AAC ringtones, or over-the-air synchronization of calendar, contact and to-do information using the built-in SyncML client.

“With the introduction of the Nokia 6282 phone, we are helping to make the promise of high-speed UMTS services in the Americas a reality,” said Kai Oistamo, senior vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “Although it weighs barely 4 ounces, the Nokia 6282 phone is among the most advanced wireless devices available in this market. Without sacrificing size, style or performance, this sleek new device puts a world of possibilities into the hands of consumers in the Americas.”

Featuring the Series 40 Platform 3rd Edition, the Nokia 6282 phone offers users an intuitive way to access the power of this new device. While supporting the latest messaging, browsing, music and video standards, this new interface also takes full advantage of the Nokia 6282 phone’s QVGA display by using an ‘Active Standby Mode’, which allows the idle screen to keep owners informed of calendar and to-do items and to provide quick access to the most-used applications.

The stylish slide design of the Nokia 6282 phone keeps the extra-large display in sight at all times, yet allows it to remain ultra-compact while in the closed position. Additionally, by positioning the imaging controls on the exterior, the Nokia 6282 quickly converts to a conventionally-oriented imaging device that allows 1 megapixel still images and 15 frame-per-second VGA video content to be captured by using the screen as a horizontal viewfinder.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

www.nokia.com

Nokia 6233 announced

During its annual Capital Market Days event for investors and financial analysts, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 6233, a classically designed model tailored for business and entertainment. The sleek 110-gram, 81-cc model offers a 2 megapixel camera, a 320 x 240 QVGA color screen, digital music player, stereo speakers and a wide array of features and applications which take advantage of WCDMA services.

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Mixing Business and Pleasure: Nokia 6233 offers 3G performance in a sleek package
nokia 6233New York, NY, US – During its annual Capital Market Days event for investors and financial analysts, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 6233, a classically designed model tailored for business and entertainment. The sleek 110-gram, 81-cc model offers a 2 megapixel camera, a 320 x 240 QVGA color screen, digital music player, stereo speakers and a wide array of features and applications which take advantage of WCDMA services. Featuring a stainless steel frame and an improved, intuitive menu structure, the Nokia 6233 (WCDMA 2100 / GSM 900/1800/1900) is expected to begin shipping in the 2nd quarter of 2006, and is expected to retail for approximately ?325, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

“Despite being one of our smallest WCDMA phones to date, the Nokia 6233 is no lightweight when it comes to performance,” says Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “The Nokia 6233 builds on the formula that made the Nokia 6230i so popular – a classically-designed, feature-rich device together with an intuitive, easy to use interface. As 3G gains even greater mass-market attraction, we are confident the Nokia 6233 will also be extremly popular with consumers.”

The latest Nokia model phone to feature the Series 40 Platform 3rd Edition, the Nokia 6233 ensures that 3G services and applications can be accessed easily and intuitively. Supporting the latest messaging, browsing, music and video standards, the Nokia 6233 features a brilliant 320 x 240 QVGA display, with an ‘Active Standby Mode’ that gives immediate access to the most-used applications.

With the Nokia 6233, the mobile office is a few keystrokes away. To be sure an appointment is never missed and the phonebook is always up to date, the Nokia 6233 easily synchronizes calendars, contacts, and to-do lists via SyncML. To print your favorite images or to connect with a headset or car kit, the Nokia 6233 offers Bluetooth wireless technology for quick and easy data transfer and connectivity.

Moreover the Nokia 6233 is compatible with the Nokia Mobile Holder CR-56, also announced today. Featuring an integrated antenna for enhanced reception, the Nokia Mobile Holder CR-56 supports connection to Nokia car kits and charges the phone’s battery when placed in the holder.

In addition to having all the latest features to stay connected to work, the Nokia 6233 doesn’t forget how to have fun. With exciting new 3G services, such as streaming multimedia audio and video content, consumers can download the latest business news as well as sports highlights of the game they missed. Consumers on-the-go can quickly upload and download large files – including downloadable games, videos or MP3 or AAC ringtones. Music lovers can connect a pair of headphones and scan through their favorite music albums, thanks to the Nokia 6233’s hotswappable microSD memory card support of up to 2 GB. A Visual Radio client and built-in stereo speakers offering 3-D sound complements the audio experience.

The Nokia 6233 offers more than 4 hours of talk time on GSM networks (more than 3 hours of talk time via WCDMA) and up to 2 weeks of standby time.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

www.nokia.com

Nokia introduces Nokia 6234, 3G phone for Vodafone

In connection with its annual Capital Market Days event, Nokia today unveiled the 3G-enabled Nokia 6234. Featuring a 2-megapixel camera, a 320 x 240 QVGA color screen, digital music player, stereo speakers and a wide array of features and applications which take advantage of WCDMA mobile broadband services, the Nokia 6234 will be available exclusively for Vodafone customers world-wide.

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Nokia introduces Nokia 6234, feature-filled 3G mobile phone exclusively for Vodafone

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Feature-filled model underlines operator customization as cornerstone of Nokia strategy

New York, NY, US – In connection with its annual Capital Market Days event, Nokia today unveiled the 3G-enabled Nokia 6234. Featuring a 2-megapixel camera, a 320 x 240 QVGA color screen, digital music player, stereo speakers and a wide array of features and applications which take advantage of WCDMA mobile broadband services, the Nokia 6234 will be available exclusively for Vodafone customers world-wide. The stylish and classic Nokia 6234 (WCDMA 2100 / GSM 900/1800/1900) is expected to begin shipping in the 1st quarter of 2006.

“The Nokia 6234 for Vodafone is an excellent example of Nokia’s renewed commitment to operator customization — a cornerstone of Nokia’s strategy,” says Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “The operator-exclusive Nokia 6234 offers a familiar design and Nokia’s intuitive, easy-to-use menu structure, complemented by Vodafone’s signature colors, graphics and easy access to Vodafone’s wide range of 3G services. It’s an ideal balance.”

In addition to the operator exclusive industrial design, the Nokia 6234 offers an array of Vodafone-specific software features. These include Vodafone graphics, icons, menu texts and themes in the user interface offering a unique look and feel to the easy-to-use Nokia menu. Equally important, the Nokia 6234 provides branded access to Vodafone’s services. Additionally, the Nokia 6234 features Vodafone start-up and shut-down graphics and tones, customized wallpapers, screensavers and ringtones.

“We have worked very closely with Nokia over the last two years, with particular focus on developing more terminals which are Vodafone live! enabled,” says Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone. “We are now taking that to another level with the Nokia 6234. For the first time, we have a mobile phone designed by Nokia that is exclusive to Vodafone. The fact that it is a 3G product is all the more important.”

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For consumers, the 3G-enabled Nokia 6234 offers a 2-megapixel camera with 8x zoom, operational in landscape mode. With this, the Nokia 6234 allows for pictures to be taken on the spot while the video sharing functionality allows to mutually enjoy special moments instantaneously. The bright QVGA screen displays pictures and multimedia content such as videos and websites in a compelling and colorful way.

The Nokia 6234 holds an impressive music experience, to be enjoyed via the built-in stereo speakers with 3-D sound effects or headphones. Supporting microSD memory cards of up to 2 GB, the Nokia 6234 puts a collection of consumers’ favorite albums right into their pockets. A Visual Radio client complements the audio experience of the Nokia 6234.

With Bluetooth Wireless Technology, the Nokia 6234 easily transfers pictures taken to any compatible printer and seamlessly connects to a wide assortment of Bluetooth enabled headsets and car kits. Unifying easy-to-use imaging capabilities with music on the go and 3G services like video sharing, the Nokia 6234 offers up to 4 hours of talk time on GSM networks (up to 3 hours of talk time via WCDMA) and up to 2 weeks of standby time.

About Vodafone
Vodafone provides a full range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications. Vodafone has equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Networks in a further 14 countries, with a proportionate customer base of over 171 million. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com

VODAFONE, Vodafone live! and the Vodafone logos are trade marks of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trade marks of their respective owners.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

www.nokia.com

Nokia expands mobile device production in China

Nokia today announced its plans to expand its mobile device production in Dongguan, China. This expansion will provide more capacity and flexibility to meet the growing market demand worldwide, especially China and Asia.

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Nokia expands mobile device production in Dongguan, China

Facility to provide more capacity and flexibility to Asian markets

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced its plans to expand its mobile device production in Dongguan, China. This expansion will provide more capacity and flexibility to meet the growing market demand worldwide, especially China and Asia.

Dongguan is a strategic location for Nokia’s global supply network for mobile devices. Increasing capacity in Dongguan will help Nokia to improve its competitive position in the fast-growing Chinese and Asian markets.

Nokia anticipates the factory expansion will begin production in the third quarter of 2006, and expects to ramp up gradually, with the work force reaching approximately 1900 employees when production is at full scale. The expanded production facilities will be located adjacent to Nokia’s existing facility.

“Our already well-established presence in Dongguan made the decision to expand the manufacturing facility easy. Dongguan is an elementary part of our global manufacturing network as a cost-efficient and well-functioning facility, and we believe that the expansion will further benefit our customers in the highly competitive and rapidly growing Chinese and Asian markets,” said Raimo Puntala, Senior Vice President, Operations and Logistics, Nokia.

Nokia currently has nine mobile device factories globally. In addition, the Nokia Chennai plant in India is planned to be operational in the first half of 2006. Nokia has six R&D units, four manufacturing sites and widespread operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The total number of Nokia employees in China area is nearly 6,000.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

www.nokia.com

Symbian welcomes the new Nokia 9300i

Symbian Ltd. today welcomed Nokia s announcement that it has introduced the Nokia 9300i to its business device portfolio.

Symbian welcomes Nokia’s new 9300i with WLAN and a variety of email solutions

November 30th 2005 – Symbian Ltd. today welcomed Nokia’s announcement that it has introduced the Nokia 9300i to its business device portfolio. It incorporates WLAN connectivity with a full keyboard, 65,536-color screen, support for a broad range of enterprise email solutions, has an attachment viewer and runs on Symbian v.7.0s. Features include:

  • E-GPRS (EDGE) and WLAN 802.11g
  • Five party conference calling via an integrated speakerphone
  • Support for multiple email clients (with attachments), including BlackBerry Connect, IBM WebSphere, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Seven Always-On Mail and Visto Mobile
  • Infrared and Bluetooth capabilities

Planned availability for the Nokia 9300i smartphone is Q1 2006. Nokia will offer another tri-band version of the Nokia 9300i optimized for mobile networks in Europe and Asia (900/1800/1900 MHz) and capable of operating in compatible GSM networks in the Americas.

About Symbian Ltd

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS™, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry. In the first three quarters of 2005, more than 23 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide to over 200 network operators, taking the installed base of Symbian OS phones to almost 48 million.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe (Cambridge, UK and Ronneby, Sweden (UIQ Technology AB), Israel and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

http://www.symbian.com

Nokia announces alien adventure Space Alliance

Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced that in the first quarter of next year, hundreds of thousands of players can expect to be able to connect through “Space Alliance,” a massively multi-player online game available on selected Java technology-enabled mobile phones through the Nokia SNAP Mobile service.

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Nokia announces launch date of intergalactic alien adventure "Space Alliance"

Massively multiplayer sci-fi action game to hit Java phones in Q1 2006 through the Nokia SNAP Mobile service
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced that in the first quarter of next year,  hundreds of thousands of players can expect to be able to connect through "Space Alliance," a massively multi-player online game (MMOG) available on selected Java technology-enabled mobile phones through the Nokia SNAP Mobile service.  Announced earlier this year at E3 as "Space Shooter," "Space Alliance" tasks humans with defending themselves from a massively coordinated alien attack.  Gamers can go at it alone or build an online team of fellow pilots to destroy these vile creatures and save the human race.
 
"To really play upon the community aspect that accompanies all Nokia SNAP Mobile titles, we decided to pit gamers against the bad guys in ‘Space Alliance,’ rather than against each other," said Lisa Waits, head of Nokia SNAP Mobile.  "By giving gamers the opportunity to form alliances, we’re giving new meaning to the type of comraderie possible in massively multi-player arenas."
 
"Space Alliance," developed by Monkey Business, is a 3D space shooter game where players take part in a massively co-operative persistent online intergalactic war.  Players work together to annihilate alien forces, construct new starbases and fighter factories, build automated defenses, and respond to other players’ distress signals.  A live moderator provides mid- to long-term strategy for the alien fleets, and can add new elements to a game in play to keep the players busy or to assist them. The moderator also maintains an online "blog" that includes information on the history of the galaxy, and what has taken place prior to the alien attack.  Like other titles developed for Nokia SNAP Mobile, "Space Alliance" offers friends list and chat, but also includes score reporting, leader boards and community news boards.
 
"The game is action packed enough to be played solo, but working as a team offers gamers the sense they are contributing to the greater good," said Burt Sloane,  ‘Top Banana’ at Monkey Business.  "Think about it – we all love to cheer for the home team – so what better way to evoke that same emotion in a mobile game than to offer players the chance to join forces?  If collaboration isn’t the best definition of community gameplay, I’m not sure what is." 
 
All of the online Java games created for the Nokia SNAP Mobile platform are supported by both Nokia and non-Nokia phones.  Space Alliance is expected to be available in Q1 2006.  To download screen shots and game information, go to www.extranet.n-gage.com. For more on the Nokia SNAP Mobile service, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com.
 
About Nokia    
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.

Going For Gold With The N-Gage Arena Medal Games Tournament

Now’s the time to sign up for the N-Gage Arena Medal Games Tournament and with it, the chance for N-Gage Arena users to prove that they really are the best in the world at their favorite N-Gage titles.

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Going For Gold With The N-Gage Arena Medal Games Tournament

The biggest global online mobile phone multiplayer event
 
Espoo, Finland -Now’s the time to sign up for the N-Gage Arena Medal Games Tournament and with it, the chance for N-Gage Arena users to prove that they really are the best in the world at their favorite N-Gage titles. With tens of thousands of gamers eligible to participate in five of the N-Gage Arena’s most popular titles including Colin McRae Rally 2005 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, it’s time to let the games begin.
 
Competitors placing within the top ten in any game will earn points, while the top three will receive medals, N-Gage games and their own exclusive merchandise from some of the biggest titles this year. It doesn’t end there either. The player with the highest number of points by the end of the Tournament will win themselves an N-Gage QD Silver Edition, more games and even more exclusive merchandise.
 
The Medal Games Tournament runs from December 2, 2005 until January 2, 2006 , and you can sign up at any time throughout the Tournament, but remember: If you don’t sign up you can’t take part, so visit http://arena.n-gage.com and get on board.
 
"Connectivity is such an important part of the N-Gage experience for our gamers," says Rob Sears, director, Community Technology Management, Nokia. "This is our way of showing them how important it is to us too."
 
The five games featured in the tournament are: Colin McRae Rally 2005, Tomb Raider, Pandemonium, The Sims Bustin’ Out and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
 
Email and text message alerts will be going out to subscribers of the N-Gage newsletter reminding them to sign up, and users can find more information about the tournament through the new Arena Launcher version 2.5 or by going to http://arena.n-gage.com
 
About N-Gage
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.

Nokia plays key role developing GSM/EDGE Evolution

okia renewed its commitment to GSM EDGE Evolution. Nokia is actively conducting research, driving industry consensus and standardization to define a successful evolution path.

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Nokia plays key role developing GSM/EDGE Evolution

Most successful mobile technology GSM/EDGE to be further enhanced by GSM/EDGE Evolution
 
GSM Africa, Cape Town, South Africa – Nokia renewed its commitment to GSM/EDGE (GSM/Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) Evolution. Nokia is actively conducting research, driving industry consensus and standardization to define a successful evolution path.  The focus of the GSM/EDGE Evolution work is especially intent on increasing the voice and data spectral efficiency, capacity, coverage, and data rates as well as enhancing 2G-3G service continuity. EDGE offers 3G data applications within the GSM environment.
 
"Nokia is committed to further develop GSM/EDGE technologies aiming at enhanced cost efficiencies as well as continuity of efficient single (GSM/EDGE) and multimode (GSM/EDGE/WCDMA) network operations", said  Ari Lehtoranta, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Radio Networks, Networks, Nokia.
 
GSM today has the by far largest subscriber base in mobile technologies, and continues to grow. Based on the large GSM footprint, EDGE is expected to be the most widely deployed mobile data technology by the end of the decade. GSM/EDGE technologies are extremely cost efficient providing the lowest Total Cost of Ownership in most environments, and will naturally be even more desirable through GSM/EDGE Evolution, making GSM/EDGE the ideal access technology for new growth markets. In addition, GSM/EDGE Evolution will also enhance the service continuity in multimode GSM/EDGE/WCDMA networks.
 
The first phase of the GSM/EDGE Evolution standardization is expected to be completed by 3GPP in 2006. The first commercial solutions, which will have an easy upgrade path from current networks, are expected to be available starting 2007-2008.
 
Nokia already has 51 public EDGE references. Currently, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 57 operators are deploying both WCDMA and EDGE. Nokia supplies either or both technologies to over half of the commercially launched WCDMA/EDGE networks.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Nokia strengthens its preparations for China 3G

Nokia announced today that its Networks business group has successfully completed a High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) call, reaching the speed of 3.2 Mbps, at its facilities in Beijing, China

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Nokia strengthens its preparations for China 3G: Completes high speed HSDPA call

An important step in developing mobile broadband
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced today that its Networks business group has successfully completed a High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) call, reaching the speed of 3.2 Mbps, at its facilities in Beijing, China. The call underlines Nokia’s strong position in HSDPA development.
 
The data call, which achieved stable throughput, was made in a Nokia network using a test terminal. Earlier this year, the Nokia Research Center in China completed the industry’s first High Speed Uplink Packet Access) HSUPA demonstration.
 
The first commercial HSDPA software release for network infrastructure offering up to 1.8 Mbps download speeds will be available in 2005 from Nokia, followed by a simple software upgrade to 3.6 Mbps starting mid 2006 according to commercial terminal availability.
 
"Nokia is encouraged by the results of its HSDPA development work in China," said Keith Sutton, Vice President, Technology Office, Networks, Nokia China. "The high speed HSDPA call is part of our ambitious HSDPA development timetable. It further demonstrates Nokia’s strong capability in 3G, offering world class performance for our customers. The announcement today reaffirms our position as the leading 3G mobile infrastructure and solution partner in China area as well as our commitment to the market. "
 
Nokia has a substantial R&D commitment to China having six R&D units including two 3G R&D Centers covering both radio and core network technology development. Besides the Nokia MetroSite 50 WCDMA Base Station, the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station recently launched will be made available for the China market  in order to allow operators to build their network in a totally new way, with unprecedented rapidity and low cost.
 
The Nokia HSDPA solution is a software upgrade to the WCDMA 3G network that offers end users significantly faster download speeds. Operators upgrading their networks with the Nokia HSDPA solution can take advantage of improved data rates and throughput, enhancing the efficiency of the network to support a higher number of users at a lower cost per user. The Nokia HSDPA solution allows operators to provide enhanced end-user services at significantly lower cost per bit. Currently, several operators are testing the first HSDPA release, showing encouraging test results.
 
Later, an upgrade to High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) with enhanced upload speeds, will be available in a similar manner. Nokia’s upload speed is today already 384 kbps. Nokia currently has over 20 HSDPA contracts, 7 of which have been published.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Nokia and PLDT cooperate in Fixed-Mobile Convergence solutions in the Philippines

Nokia and the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), have set up a Next Generation Network Laboratory to develop and test end-to-end Fixed-Mobile Convergence services prior to their commercial launch.

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Nokia and PLDT cooperate in Fixed-Mobile Convergence solutions in the Philippines

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), have set up a Next Generation Network Laboratory to develop and test end-to-end Fixed-Mobile Convergence services prior to their commercial launch. The Next Generation Network Laboratory can leverage PLDT’s current fixed and mobile networks to create converged services for PLDT Group customers.
 
Nokia has provided the Next Generation Network Laboratory with end-to-end Fixed-Mobile Convergence solutions, comprised of Unified Core and converged access networks as well as Nokia multimedia and VoIP enabled terminals.
 
"At the PLDT Group our mobile arm Smart Communcations has been a global pioneer in many new GSM services, like m-Commerce and electronic pre-paid top-ups. We see convergence as an opportunity to provide our customers with new innovative services that will drive the future growth of our business," says Don Rae, Chief Operations Adviser, PLDT. "Convergence is an important part of PLDT’s vision, and the Next Generation Network Laboratory provides us with a test bed where we can trial new ideas and services before commercial launches."
 
"We are delighted to be working with PLDT to address emerging opportunities for combining fixed and mobile networks and services in the Philippines," says Markku Nieminen, Account Director, Networks, Nokia. "Nokia is trialling its converged solutions with many leading operators worldwide, providing powerful solutions for consumers and corporate customers, as well as fixed and mobile networks, in what is shaping up to be a new chapter in this industry."
 
As an example of the new services development, PLDT and Nokia organized a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) contest for Filipino application developers called the "SIP Challenge". Forum Nokia provides the developers training and assistance, and they can test their IP-based applications at the Next Generation Network Laboratory.
 
The Nokia Unified Core includes the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), the Nokia VoIP Server, the Nokia MSC Server System (MSS), Nokia Media Gateway (MGW), Nokia Intelligent Service Node (ISN), Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery (ICD) for multi-access control and data services charging and Nokia D500 IP DSLAM.
 
Nokia has been the main GSM network supplier to Smart Communications since 1998. 
 
About PLDT
PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines. Through its three principal business groups – fixed line, wireless and information communications technology – PLDT offers a wide range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone and fixed line, cellular and satellite network.
 
PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American depositary shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI) and the Pacific Exchange.  PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine listed companies.
 
Further information can be obtained by visiting the web at www.pldt.com.ph.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Meet the Nokia 9300i Smartphone

Nokia today expanded its business device portfolio with an addition to its high-end smartphone range, the Nokia 9300i. Incorporating WLAN connectivity with a full keyboard, 65,536-color screen, support for a broad range of enterprise email solutions and an attachment viewer, the Nokia 9300i is the perfect combination of design and function and is ideally suited to meet the tough demands of mobile professionals.

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This smartphone just got smarter: The new Nokia 9300i is well connected with WLAN and a variety of email solutions

Joins the Nokia 9300 enterprise smartphone and other Nokia business devices designed to excite and empower the ?inbox? crowd

nokia 9300i

NEW YORK, USA – Nokia today expanded its business device portfolio with an addition to its high-end smartphone range, the Nokia 9300i. Incorporating WLAN connectivity with a full keyboard, 65,536-color screen, support for a broad range of enterprise email solutions and an attachment viewer, the Nokia 9300i is the perfect combination of design and function and is ideally suited to meet the tough demands of mobile professionals.

With the addition of WLAN connectivity, the Nokia 9300i enhances productivity by providing a reliable and cost-effective data connection for downloading large files or email1 with attachments. 80 MB of memory capacity (expandable up to 2GB with an optional MMC card) provides ample space for file storage, and the wide color screen makes it easy to view different types of documents, spreadsheets, presentations and web sites. Add outstanding voice capabilities and the Nokia 9300i enterprise smartphone is a great all-in-one device.

“Nokia continues to offer more choices for individuals looking for fully featured smartphones built specifically for business use,” said Niklas Savander, senior vice president of Nokia?s business device unit for the Enterprise Solutions business group. “Our business customers want continuity as well as a constant stream of improvements in our products. The Nokia 9300i delivers just that as it combines WLAN and other features with a suite of powerful applications and email solutions.”

The Nokia 9300i smartphone supports E-GPRS (EDGE) and WLAN 802.11g, five party conference calling via an integrated speakerphone and multiple email clients (with attachments), including BlackBerry Connect, IBM WebSphere, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Seven Always-On Mail and Visto Mobile. The Nokia 9300i smartphone also integrates infrared and Bluetooth capabilities, giving users two different ways to wirelessly synchronize their devices to a desktop PC or laptop, as well as exchange data with other mobile devices.

Planned availability for the Nokia 9300i smartphone is Q1 2006. Nokia will offer one tri-band version of the Nokia 9300i optimized for mobile networks in Europe and Asia (900/1800/1900 MHz) and capable of operating in compatible GSM networks in the Americas. For further information on features and availability, please visit www.nokia.com. For information on pricing, please contact your local Nokia representative.

Nokia also offers a comprehensive service portfolio for its business devices and solutions ranging from technical support to implementation, professional services and technical training. Nokia?s services are available to better serve customers and enable successful end-to-end mobility solutions.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

Nokia wins GSM expansion with Indonesian Indosat

One of the largest network operators in Indonesia, Indosat, has chosen Nokia to expand its GSM network in Bali and Java

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Nokia wins GSM expansion with Indonesian Indosat

Espoo, Finland – One of the largest network operators in Indonesia, Indosat, has chosen Nokia to expand its GSM network in Bali and Java, excluding Jabotabek (Jakarta and surrounding areas), with radio network and circuit and packet switched core networks. Nokia will also supply cellular transmission for East Java. The expansion will further enhance Indosat’s service quality and coverage, and provide a network, which is prepared for future technology upgrades. A part of the expansion has been concluded as part of a three-year framework agreement signed by Nokia and Indosat in June.
 
Nokia also provides the Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system, as well as network planning, implementation and optimization services. The NetAct(TM) solution maximizes operational efficiency and ensures speed and quality on services to end users, allowing operators to embrace market opportunities and increase customer loyalty. Deliveries have already started.
 
Nokia provides Indosat superior network coverage in Java, including rural areas, with high quality products and rapid roll-out capability. Indosat is one of the largest cellular players in Indonesia with total subscribers of 12.7 million as of September 30, 2005.
 
"We are honored to continue our close collaboration with Indosat," says Henrik Brogaard, Account Director, Networks, Nokia. "This cooperation demonstrates again Nokia’s commitment to the development and growth of Indosat’s business, as well as delivering high quality services to the consumers in the region. Indonesia has a tremendous growth potential, and with Nokia’s industry leading GSM/GPRS systems and solutions, Indosat is able to easily support the expected subscriber growth with quality coverage, and evolve its network to future technologies and services."
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.