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Nokia threat to quit Finland ‘unless law changed’

Mobile phone giant Nokia threatened to leave its native Finland if a change to laws blocking companies from monitoring employee emails was not introduced, a respected Finnish newspaper said Sunday.Nokia spokeswoman Arja Suominen subsequently rejected the accusation, telling the STT news agency that Nokia has in no way threatened to move, claiming the Helsingin Sanomat article is quite polemic. It contains many mistakes and misunderstandings. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen also denied that politicians had been pressured by the company to change the law.

I have not heard about such an ultimatum. I have discussed (the law) with many companies including Nokia, and I have never heard that they have made such a threat, he told national broadcaster Yle.The daily quoted an unnamed civil servant as telling the paper that “Nokia lobbied very hard for the proposed law to be unanimously approved… (The message) was very clear: if the law was not approved, Nokia would leave Finland.

Wireless Industry News

February 4, 2009 at 14:38 Leave a comment

Nokia launches ‘premium’ mobile service (Japan)

Nokia of Finland has launched a ‘premium’ mobile service in Japan using its high-end Vertu handset brand as a platform and piggybacking on NTT DoCoMo’s network to provide MVNO services to customers. The world’s biggest handset maker says the new service will be run by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as a managed service, allowing the MVNO to introduce value added services (VAS) without the need to invest in its own software, equipment, human resources and skills.

In November 2008 Nokia announced it was withdrawing from the Japanese mobile handset market, blaming the decision on its inability to make inroads in a country that heavily favours locally-developed technologies. However, the vendor said at the time it would continue to market its high-end, niche mobile phone Vertu. The announcement came just days after CommsUpdate reported that Nokia had revealed plans to enter the mobile market in Japan this year through an MVNO partnership with DoCoMo. 

Wireless Industry News

January 27, 2009 at 18:42 Leave a comment


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