Nokia Corp. came out of the gates running at the 3GSM show with news of deals on the handset side with Vodafone Group plc and Chinese handset manufacturer Legend and on the business side with IBM Corp. The company also announced a new smart phone that combines wide area and local area networksâ€”one of the industry’s first.
“We expect this year to be one of the busiest ever for our industry in terms of new announcements,” said Jorma Ollila, Nokia’s chairman and chief executive officer. â€œWe have reached a subscriber base of around 1.3 billion, with the potential to nearly double this over the next few years. Mobile data services will make up an increasingly large share of the mobile market. Accordingly, data is expected to account for close to 30 percent of the mobile services market in 2007, compared with just over 10 percent in 2003, clearly showing the trend of mobility being integrated to all aspects of everyday life.”
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