Light Reading

'Nokia Is Back!'

Michelle Donegan
LR Mobile News Analysis
Michelle Donegan
9/14/2010
50%
50%
Repost This

LONDON -- Nokia World -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) struck a defiant tone at its annual industry event in London today, as the Finnish phone maker unveiled three new smartphones and executive VP of markets Niklas Savander boldly claimed "Nokia is back!" (See Nokia Unveils New Smartphones.)

Savander, who stood in for outgoing CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo in the opening keynote address, stressed that today was all about "here and now." (Ed note: All existentialists are encouraged to respond on the message boards below.] (See Nokia Dumps CEO, Hires Elop.)

But with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Stephen Elop waiting in the wings to take over as Nokia's new CEO later this month, and veteran Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki having just resigned his position as head of the smartphones business, it's difficult not to think about what Nokia will do beyond "here and now." (See Nokia's 'Fightback' Man Quits .)

So, instead of outlining Nokia's strategic direction, Savander admitted the challenges that Nokia faces, pledged that Nokia would regain its leadership in the now highly competitive smartphone market, and threw down a gauntlet to sell 50 million smartphones in the next year.

"Yes, Nokia is going through a tough, challenging transition and we have a lot of work to do," he said. "And we're not going to apologize for not being Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) or Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Samsung Corp. -- we're Nokia."

"We haven't been as competitive in smartphones as we would like, and that's about to change," he said. "Today, we shift into high gear in Nokia's fightback in smartphone leadership."

Savander highlighted Nokia's current leading market position in smartphones. He said that, on average, 260,000 Nokia smartphones are bought every day, adding that the Symbian operating system has a 40 percent share of the smartphone market.

"Despite all these new competitors, Symbian is holding its own," he said.

But Nokia's smartphone position is under siege from Google's Android, Apple's iOS, and BlackBerry 's BlackBerry OS.

Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2014, Symbian's market share will shrink to 30 percent and Android's will grow to 29 percent from its current market share of 17.7 percent.

Here and now
In addition to the N8 -- Nokia's flagship smartphone based on Symbian 3 that is now available for pre-ordering in certain markets -- the phone maker introduced three additional Symbian 3 smartphones that are planned to ship by the end of this year.

  • E7 -- a smartphone for business users with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a four-inch touchscreen display. Retail price is €495 (US$636).

  • C7 -- a social network smartphone that gets live updates from Facebook and Twitter and email alerts on the homescreen and has a 3.5-inch display. Estimated retail price is €335 ($430).

  • C6 -- a petite smartphone with a 3.2-inch display, full touch capabilities, and better outdoor visibility with Nokia's ClearBlack display technology. Estimated retail price is €260 ($334).

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Sarah Reedy
50%
50%
Sarah Reedy,
User Rank: Blogger
12/5/2012 | 4:23:49 PM
re: 'Nokia Is Back!'


I like the aggressive (and defensive) approach Nokia is taking. It is a weird position it is in - being the market leader, but fighting to keep that top-dog status. We had to wait awhile for it, but looks like it's getting serious about the fight now.


shygye75
50%
50%
shygye75,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:23:48 PM
re: 'Nokia Is Back!'


"Aggressive and defensive" -- it sounds like Rex Ryan is running Nokia. Rex also is in a weird position: defending a No. 1 status that he has yet to achieve.

Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
Wind River Demonstrates Carrier-Grade Software for NFV

4|22|14   |   5:00   |   (0) comments


Wind River VP of Product Management, Glenn Seiler, takes a look the industry's first and only complete NFV software platform designed specifically for the unique carrier-grade and high-performance needs of telecom networks.
LRTV Documentaries
Cable Eyes Big Technology Shifts

4|16|14   |   03:02   |   (4) comments


US cable engineers are facing a lot of heavy lifting in the coming years, notes Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.
LRTV Custom TV
Maximizing Customer Experience & Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

4|15|14   |   4:57   |   (0) comments


Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
LRTV Documentaries
Bye-Bye DVD: Consumers Embrace Digital Video

4|10|14   |   04:17   |   (7) comments


Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
LRTV Documentaries
Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

4|8|14   |   04:13   |   (1) comment


Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
LRTV Custom TV
Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

4|7|14   |     |   (1) comment


At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

4|7|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

4|7|14   |   2:31   |   (0) comments


Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

4|7|14   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

4|7|14   |   1:37   |   (0) comments


Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Documentaries
Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

4|3|14   |   07:11   |   (8) comments


Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
LRTV Custom TV
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at Mobile World Congress

4|1|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks to Heavy Reading about the value of virtualization spanning from the data center to service provider networks to mobile devices.
Hot Topics
WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/18/2014
The Hungry, Hungry Cloud
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2014
Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/21/2014
Volvo: AT&T HSPA+ Can Drive My Car
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/16/2014
Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed