Light Reading
Compared with Google's Android, Symbian's 10 years of solid development will let it capture more US handsets, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says

Nokia CEO: Symbian Is Catalyst for US Market

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading
11/17/2008
50%
50%

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, believes the planets are finally aligned for the company to move aggressively in the U.S. market, where it commands just a 6 percent market share compared with its global share of 40 percent.

Last week, Nokia said it expects its global shipments to slip slightly. This week, Kallasvuo said Nokia is ramping up to attack the U.S. market where it traditionally addressed only the GSM-infrastructure markets -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. .

"We are only ramping up now our presence with Verizon ," Kallasvuo said in an interview in The Boston Globe. Verizon Wireless uses CDMA2000 technology, which has been closed to Nokia until recently.

"We are investing more in the U.S. market," he continued. "We are expanding our research and development activity in San Diego. We've got lots of people there designing phones now that are specific to the U.S. needs and the U.S. market."

Nokia is basing its future on its Symbian operating system, and Kallasvuo noted that the company recently made it "fully open." He also observed that Symbian has had 10 years of solid development behind it, as he compared it to Google's Android operating system, also open, but only in existence for a few months. "Our approach is based on the Symbian operating system."

Nokia has been picking its way through the U.S. wireless minefield for years and only in recent months has it shown signs of being able to navigate the minefield. A key development was its intellectual property settlement last summer with key patent holder Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), after years of bitter litigation. The new agreement is for 15 years, and Nokia is establishing better relations via its new San Diego plant with Qualcomm.

Suddenly the CDMA market in the United States looks inviting to Nokia. Verizon's pending acquisition of Alltel Corp. (NYSE: AT) will make the combine the largest U.S. cell phone service provider and open up an entirely new market opportunity for Nokia. Now it can work amicably with Qualcomm, which developed the CDMA infrastructure and intellectual property. And there is another void to be filled -- Motorola's collapse in the U.S. cell phone market. The company's handset market share has plunged.

What about LTE? Kallasvuo was asked. "We are supporting LTE," he said of the planned next wireless infrastructure generation that has been selected by Verizon, AT&T, and most cell phone service providers in the world for their next-generation infrastructure. "We can look at LTE as starting to happen in the early part of next decade."

Turning to the broader wireless market, Kallasvuo said Nokia will continue to address all segments of the market, from low-cost devices for emerging markets to high-end smartphones, as well as all infrastructure technologies including WiMax.

— W. David Gardner, InformationWeek

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed