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Nokia, once the world's foremost phone maker, on Wednesday, May 18, announced its return to the fiercely competitive handsets and tablets market years after being crushed there by Samsung and Apple.

Nokia, which is now a leading telecom equipment maker, said it would licence its brand to a new Finnish company which will produce phones and tablets under the Nokia name. The new company, HMD Global, "has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones and tablets," Nokia said in a statement.

As part of the process, HMD Global and its Taiwanese partner, FIH Mobile of FoxConn Technology Group, will take over Microsoft's feature phone business for $350 million (310.5 million euros), Microsoft said separately. The U.S. company had bought the business from Nokia in 2014.

Nokia was once the world's leading mobile phone maker from 1998 until 2011 when it bet on Microsoft's Windows mobile platform which proved to be a flop. Analysts say the company failed to grasp the growing importance of smartphone apps compared to hardware. The new product portfolio will be based on Google's Android.

Nokia sold its unprofitable handset unit in 2014 for some $7.2 billion to Microsoft, which dropped the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphone handsets. Meanwhile Nokia has concentrated on developing its mobile network equipment business by acquiring its French-American rival, Alcatel-Lucent. With the new deal, Nokia eyes some new revenues from its still valuable consumer-brand, without having to bear the financial risks related to it.

"Working with HMD and FIH will let us participate in one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world, while staying true to our licensing business model," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies business unit.

HMD is a private venture in which Nokia will not hold equity. But the company is well-stacked with former Nokia executives. A senior analyst at Nordea Markets, Sami Sarkamies, told AFP that Nokia "could only win" with the deal.

"Certainly Nokia's brand still has some appeal in some markets, but competition is harsh. However, Nokia won't bear any of the risks," Sarkamies said, estimating the extra revenues would be counted in tens, not hundreds, of millions of euros. The risks instead fall on Chinese FoxConn, which will be in charge of manufacturing, sales and distribution of the new products through its subsidiary FIH. As for Microsoft, the deal could mean the end of its short-lived venture into smartphones.

"The deal again highlights Microsoft's continued failure in mobile. Its smartphone future is up in the air," IHS Technology wrote in its analysis. IHS said the new Nokia-branded devices were more likely to succeed in emerging markets.

"The Nokia brand is very strong in certain markets too and HMD will likely target these emerging markets instead of the already saturated developed markets," it estimated.

HMD is to be led by Finn Arto Nummela who has previously held senior positions both at Nokia and Microsoft. The conditional deal between Microsoft and Nokia's new brand-licensing partners is expected to close in the second half of 2016. Nokia's shares advanced 2.91 percent to close at 4.67 euros on the Helsinki stock exchange.

Published in Devices

Nokia and Russia’s leading telecommunications operator MTS Group have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology and the management of the ever-growing demands of connected people and devices. The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018.

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 10 to 100 times more connected devices than people, creating technological challenges, but also opportunities, for new services and applications. With this in mind, MTS has outlined a roadmap to evolve its networks to 5G.

"MTS is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks taking into account the complexity and scope of the challenges to be solved when implementing the 5G standards,” said Mr. Andrey Ushatsky, vice president and chief technology officer at MTS Group.

“We are excited to leverage Nokia's technology to help us transition to 5G and take full advantage of IoT,” he added. “The joint projects and trials we will undertake will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, and we look forward to showcasing this work in 2018."

Together with Nokia, MTS Group will develop test projects that leverage 4G technologies such as LTE-Advanced Pro as well as 5G to enable faster speeds, lower latency and new spectrum efficiencies. In 2018, the two companies will implement a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to allow fans to experience innovative video and other services during the major event being staged there.

Testing will focus on implementation of LTE-Advanced Pro features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE-broadcast. Testing will also focus on coverage and capacity improvements using LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA); innovative IoT projects using Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), LTE-Machine (LTE-M) and Extended Coverage GSM technologies; demonstrations of 5G and dual connectivity of LTE and 5G technologies in the centimetre band; and lastly deployment of a 5G test network.

"We are at the forefront of 5G development, focused on delivering solutions that will prepare today's networks for this technology,” says Wladimir Ulianow, head of CBT MTS at Nokia. He added: “As a result, we can help operators such as MTS to evolve smoothly and efficiently to the programmable world."

Published in Telecom Operators

Nokia, in collaboration with the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), has conducted a successful test of MulteFire technology, which combines the high-performance of LTE with the simplicity of Wi-Fi deployment in unlicensed spectrum bands such as 5GHz.

As data demand continues unabated, mobile operators will want to explore more opportunities in other spectrum bands, for example the 5GHz band, to reach more of their subscribers in private enterprise networks such as stadiums, office blocks, shopping malls and airports. However, as the spectrum is shared by numerous technologies, and the number of users increases, quality and speed often suffer.

The test, using Nokia’s FlexiZone small cells together with MulteFire software, showed how MulteFire can co-exist with Wi-Fi to deliver the high performance, high speeds and security offered by LTE in a densely populated environment. MulteFire complements heterogeneous networks (HetNets), which use a mixture of macro and small cell radios, allowing operators to meet the increased connectivity demands of future smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“As one of the founding members of the MulteFire Alliance, Nokia is driving the development of a global technical specification, and this test is a crucial step toward commercialization of the technology,” said Waseem Al-Marzogi, Head of STC Group Business, Nokia. “By collaborating with operators like STC, we can develop new ways of utilizing spectrum such as 5GHz to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow.”

The MulteFire tests consisted of three segments: the neutral host test, the co-existence test, and the enhanced coverage test. In the neutral host test, MulteFire allowed the delivery of high-speed services across multiple end-user devices regardless of their mobile operator, allowing anyone with a MulteFire device to access data using a MulteFire access point. The test showed up to 120 Mbps of total download and upload throughput.

The co-existence test showed MulteFire harmoniously co-existing with Wi-Fi when Wi-Fi was turned on in the same frequency and placed very close to a MulteFire access point. The final enhanced coverage test showed up to 50 percent better range and up to 2x better coverage in comparison to Wi-Fi.

Commenting on the success of the MulteFire tests, Nasser Al-Nasser, senior vice president, technology and operations, STC, said: “We are the first operator in the world to have successfully conducted the test of MulteFire technology with Nokia. This test underpins our commitment to explore and identify the latest technologies that can further boost the overall service experience for our subscribers even as demand continues to grow. MulteFire will allow us to deliver LTE performance with a simplified deployment.”

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Nokia and Telefónica Chile have completed the largest indoor deployment of small cells to meet the ever-growing 3G and 4G data demands of mobile device users at the Costanera shopping centre in Santiago, Chile.

Consumers today expect the highest quality of mobile service as an essential part of the shopping experience, allowing them to make voice and video calls, share images and access the Internet. With shopping and food outlets on six floors across 168,000 m2 of retail floor-space and multiple parking levels, the Costanera Centre in Santiago presents a challenge for operators to provide high-quality mobile coverage to thousands of visitors, particularly deep within the building, as the thick reinforced concrete structure can hinder radio signals from the operator's macro network.

For Telefónica Chile to meet the connectivity expectations of its subscribers visiting the mall, Nokia replaced and upgraded the existing distributed antenna system (DAS) with a high-capacity, high-coverage Flexi Zone small cells network. Nokia's Flexi Zone small cells technology provides a cost-effective alternative to DAS, offering faster data speeds and supporting a higher number of subscribers. Ease of deployment and the ability to upgrade 3G small cells to 4G LTE will allow Telefónica Chile to efficiently scale capacity as customer demand continues to evolve.

"This project is a great example of how operators can benefit from using the Nokia Flexi Zone small cell family to meet the demands of mobile device users in a high-traffic indoor environment,” said Dimitri Diliani, head of Latin America Market at Nokia.

“The size of our small cells means they are unobtrusive in locations such as this while delivering huge capacity,” he added. “They manage the demands of the surrounding area in which they are deployed, so in this instance can handle interference from the outdoor macro network ensuring that all subscribers remain on the dedicated indoor small cell network, even when near the edge of the building."

The new Flexi Zone network in the Costanera mall has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 63 times, according to Nokia, and 3G download speeds by up to seven times, with 4G LTE upload speeds increasing by up to 70 times and 3G upload speeds by up to three times, compared to the performance over the DAS. As a result, subscriber usage has increased, with a 100 percent increase in download traffic and 70 percent increase in upload traffic.

Gustavo Marambio, Network Director at Telefónica Chile, was thoroughly pleased with the outcome, saying: "Telefónica is committed to ensuring our customers receive the highest quality of service. We are constantly looking for innovative technologies to provide the best connectivity to our users."

Published in Telecom Operators

Nokia suffered a net loss of 513 million euros ($583 million) in the first quarter, the Finnish telecom equipment giant said Tuesday, May 10, in its first earnings announcement after acquiring its French-American rival Alcatel-Lucent.

The group's sales fell by eight percent in its main network equipment business, but Nokia highlighted in a statement that its operating margin increased by 1.7 points to 6.2 percent. In comparable figures, the company's global revenue fell by 9 percent to 5.60 billion euros ($6.37 billion).

Nokia's business of ultrafast networks suffered the most significant decline of 20 percent, "consistent with our outlook for a greater than normal seasonal decline in the wireless infrastructure market,” the company explained in a statement.

Nokia said it now possessed 94.64 percent of Alcatel-Lucent's shares, approaching the limit of 95 percent which would allow it to squeeze out the remaining five percent of owners, and gain full control of its former rival. Nokia now concentrates on network equipment after failing to adapt to the rapid rise of smartphones.

Published in Finance

In light of the fact that Nokia has recently been identified by Current Analysis as the number 1 vendor of 4G public safety technology in a study involving 100 global operators, Noel Kirkaldy, head of Vertical Solutions Business Development, Middle East and Africa, Nokia discusses the company’s involvement with critical communications, as well as its selection by Nedaa in Dubai to deploy smart city solutions based on a 5G-ready next generation network.

Nokia has been identified as #1 vendor of 4G public safety technology by Current Analysis in a global study of 100 operators. Can you shed more light on this?

We are very pleased to have been identified by 100 global operators when they were asked the question of which vendor they see as taking a market leading position in the area of mission critical communications network technology for public safety. Operators from all regions including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas were surveyed. It was conducted on a global basis which reflects a couple of things: Nokia is seen globally as the leading vendor of 4G-based public safety technology, and as a global vendor driving the required investments in the research and development activities to support this industry moving forward.

How has Nokia evolved over the years to reach this #1 position?

You need to go back in time. We’ve worked in a number of government initiatives primarily based around the TETRA space (back in 2000-2006). Nokia was manufacturing TETRA equipment, and many deployments you see in the Middle East and Europe today were made by Nokia. These deployments are still active with many customers today. Nokia divested that business in 2006, nevertheless, a lot of the support is still continuing with Nokia Research and Development capabilities. Nokia has been heavily involved in understanding these market requirements, and what we see now is the convergence of voice, data and video moving back towards 3GPP technologies like LTE – an area where we are getting more involved with.

At Critical Communications World, Middle East, in October 2015, Nokia announced that it would be moving back into the public safety market. The interesting thing when we look at public safety, we take a step back and look at critical communications, which can be mission critical, public safety (police cars, ambulances), as well as business critical (oil and gas, logistics). This is how critical communications begins to play into the smart city initiatives.

Nokia has been commissioned by Nedaa, the Dubai government security networks provider, to deploy smart city solutions based on a 5G-ready next generation network. Can you tell us more details about this deal?

Nedaa made a decision back in 2000-2001 to use TETRA technology designed for mission critical voice and low speed data. What we saw with the unfortunate incident when fire caught a hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve was that people were able to be evacuated at prime time, which was due to dedicated spectrum and dedicated TETRA technology to spread the awareness. However, now we need to look at the next generation of technology. Nedaa is making the right decision and investing effectively for the next five to 10 years.

If you’re looking at where we stand today, LTE as a technology first started back in 2009-2010, while 2016-2018 timeframe will see 5G getting built on top of LTE, and then the specifications will be defined. If you take 5G, what we’re looking at is ultra-massive broadband, critical communications and low latency. These three elements are what these types of critical communications or public safety organizations are looking for. That’s why Nedaa went with 5G ready next generation network looking to the future.

What are the technologies Nokia offers to build a reliable network that can fully address not only the stringent requirements of critical communications and public safety, but also lay the solid foundation for IoT and smart city?

The baseline technology we’re working with is telco grade carrier 4G LTE network. As you head towards 5G, LTE will continue to be the underlying technology and that will be the base for other technologies to be built on top. Nedaa is effectively starting with a clean slate from the mobile broadband requirements for mission critical communications; so it’s not starting with 2G, 3G or the early LTE, but going straight to the LTE-Advanced and 5G-ready solutions.

On top of that they’re looking at high resilience network both on core and radio access as well as mobile backhauling; all these requirements can be supported by Nokia products and solutions. Whether it’s a traffic signal or someone working on an incident as a responder, it’s all based on critical communications. A lot of the 5G requirements are based around critical communications, for both commercial, mission-critical and business-critical. That’s how we see this moving forward. All of these technologies are being made commercially available. Many of these technologies were demonstrated live by Nokia at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.

How do you see the market in critical communications, IoT and smart city space for Nokia in the Middle East and Africa market?

We see the Middle East playing a pivotal role in safety and security, and a lot of the investments are going into smart city initiatives not only in the UAE, but also in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and in other regions like North Africa. The area that we like to refer to is not only safe and smart cities, but safe, sustainable and smart cities. I think sustainability is very important for many of the African markets.

When we look at some of the other markets globally, the safe, smart and sustainable city is a key area. We are working with a number of leading operators and have signed a number of agreements already, as we gradually move towards IoT and smart city initiatives. The term smart city is thrown around quite easily, meaning different things to different people, but we in Nokia see the baseline of it coming back to critical communications and how we build on that. I think in the future we will see more government involvement with open data initiatives, for example, and more convergence of services from commercial operators, for the betterment of everyone – a very positive sign.

What challenges do you foresee for this smart city solutions project?

One of the key challenges we face is working between multiple sectors. The way we tend to see ourselves is horizontal, providing the baseline solutions with very specific verticals that we will be working into. For example, oil and gas industry has different requirements to transport. We see Nokia’s strength as providing horizontal solutions so we can start to provide the baseline to connect. This is not a single industry initiative. Some use cases need ultra-low latency, while other use case applications need a higher level of security; hence, Nokia delivers a solution that is fully compatible and flexible to meet multiple vertical applications use cases.

Published in Interviews

Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings S.A., a pioneer and leader in the connected health revolution with a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people all over the world lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. Withings will be part of Nokia Technologies business.

"We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market," said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia. "With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives."

World Health Organization figures show cardiovascular disease as today's number one cause of death, with more than a billion adults around the world living with uncontrolled hypertension. Diabetes now affects more than one in twelve adults worldwide, a four-fold increase since 1980. Healthcare is expected to be one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.

The combination of innovative products from Withings and the Digital Health business will also ensure the ongoing renewal of Nokia Technologies' world class IPR portfolio.

Withings was founded by chairman Eric Carreel and CEO Cedric Hutchings in 2008 and is headquartered in France, with approximately 200 employees across its locations in Paris, France, Cambridge, US and Hong Kong. Withings' portfolio of regulated and unregulated products includes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more, and is built on a sophisticated digital health platform, providing insights to empower people to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Withings' own products are complemented by an ecosystem of more than a hundred compatible apps.

The Nokia brand continues to be recognized, valued and trusted by consumers, built on a heritage of beautifully designed, innovative and reliable technology in the service of people around the world to help real human needs.

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Published in Telecom Vendors

Nokia has provided recast segment results for 2015 reflecting the company's new financial reporting and organizational structure, following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Nokia's organizational structure is intended to enable the company to create an innovation leader in next-generation technology and services. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

To support Nokia's strategic objectives and reflect the way the company evaluates operational performance and allocates resources, Nokia will revise its financial reporting structure. As of the first quarter 2016, Nokia will have three reportable segments: The (i) Ultra Broadband Networks and (ii) IP Networks and Applications reportable segments within Nokia's Networks business and the (iii) Nokia Technologies reportable segment within the Nokia Technologies business. In addition, Nokia will disclose segment-level data for Group Common and Other.
Ultra Broadband Networks is composed of the Mobile Networks and Fixed Networks business groups:

  • The Mobile Networks business group offers an industry-leading portfolio of end-to-end mobile networking solutions comprising hardware, software and services for telecommunications operators, enterprises and related markets/verticals such as public safety and Internet of Things.
  • The Fixed Networks business group provides copper and fiber access products, solutions, and services. The portfolio allows for a customized combination of technologies that brings fiber to the most economical point for the customer.

IP Networks and Applications are composed of the IP/Optical Networks and Applications & Analytics business groups:

  • The IP/Optical Networks business group provides the key IP routing and optical transport systems, software and services to build high capacity network infrastructure for the internet and global connectivity.
  • The Applications & Analytics business group offers software solutions spanning customer experience management, network operations and management, communications and collaboration, policy and charging, as well as Cloud, IoT, security, and analytics platforms that enable digital services providers and enterprises to accelerate innovation, monetize services, and optimize their customer experience.

The Nokia Technologies business group has two main objectives:

  • To drive growth and renewal in its existing patent licensing business; and
  • To build new businesses for Nokia, based on breakthrough innovation in key technologies and products, in the areas of Digital Media and Digital Health.

As of the first quarter 2016, the majority of net sales and the related costs and expenses attributable to licensing and patenting the separate patent portfolios of Nokia Technologies, Nokia's Networks business, and Bell Labs will be recorded in Nokia Technologies. Each reportable segment will continue to separately record its research and development expenses.

Group Common and Other: As of the first quarter 2016, Group Common and Other includes the Alcatel Submarine Networks and Radio Frequency Systems businesses, both of which are being managed as separate entities. In addition, Group Common and Other includes Bell Labs' operating expenses, as well as certain corporate-level and centrally-managed operating expenses.

Published in Finance

Zain KSA and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a major initiative that will transform Jeddah into a model for smart cities in the country and worldwide by 2018.

Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply advanced networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications. Use of these technologies will improve municipal services, enhance the business climate in Jeddah and create a better quality of life for the city's nearly three million residents.

Zain and Nokia will also employ advanced network and customer experience management tools to ensure smooth and seamless operation across the objects and locations. To ensure privacy and fulfill public safety requirements, the companies will place a strong focus on the reliability and security of the network.

Over the course of this two-year plan, the companies will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA's mobile broadband network in Jeddah, eventually leading to 5G access, while also expanding the utilization of small cells and Wi-Fi to ensure continuous connectivity throughout the city.

Sultan AlDeghaither, chief technology officer, said: "Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia - and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia's Smart City solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah."

Ali Aljitawi, head of Zain KSA Customer Team at Nokia, said: "The world is becoming more urbanized, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything - a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world."

Published in Internet of Things

Nokia announced its Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution, giving operators and enterprises a faster, more cost-effective way to deploy local area networks (LAN) at a time when gigabit services, WiFi, the Cloud and high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and file sharing are reshaping today's network needs.

Nokia's POL solution addresses these challenges by providing a high capacity, scalable alternative that requires less capital costs than traditional copper-based LANs while offering a lower operating expense. Based on proven and established Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) fiber technology that is already serving millions of people worldwide, the solution requires, on average, 50 percent less space to deploy and power to run than traditional Ethernet based LANs. Delivering virtually unlimited data capacity, it is also capable of supporting all video, voice and data requirements over a single fiber optic cable.

With the launch, Nokia is targeting customers including operators, enterprises, governments, healthcare and hospitality providers, and higher education institutions, all of which are seeking a more cost-effective way to deploy their local area networks. These benefits were key for the Japanese hospitality industry, for example, where Nokia and systems integrator KDDI recently deployed POL to manage the growing communication demands.

Erik Keith, principal analyst for Broadband Networks and Multiplay Services at Current Analysis, said: "We've seen interest in POL increase dramatically over the past few years as enterprises around the world have come to realize the substantial service delivery and operational efficiency advantages that POL architectures provide over Ethernet-based LANs. We expect to see accelerated momentum in the POL space as Nokia and other major vendors enter the market and provide compelling, future-proof alternatives to the existing Ethernet LAN model."

To better serve customers around the world, Nokia is collaborating on the launch with global system integrators, resellers and distributors including IBM and KDDI.

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