France Télécom and Nokia announce a strategic partnership for joint development of new rich media solutions

October 8, 2004

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HELSINKI -- France Télécom and Nokia today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of new rich media solutions on mobile terminals encompassing rich media hardware, services, applications and contents by using various standards technologies such as non-proprietary end-to-end access enablers, Nokia's terminal software platforms, and the Symbian OS.

The main aim of the partnership is to design, develop and deploy products and services to solve the problem of remote-access to content stored at home, with maximum end to end security, identification, and authentication guarantees.

The MoU outlines cooperation between the two companies in joint R&D, time limited exclusivity, as well as potential intellectual property resulting from the partnership. Further details on this partnership will be given later.

In signing this partnership agreement, the France Télécom group and Nokia, the world's leader in mobile communications are making a commitment to leverage resources and share expertise, in order to offer the best service to mobile customers.

France Télécom is continuing its strategy based on the development of new, integrated and innovative services aimed at its mobile networks customers. The operator aims to enable its customers to use their mobile terminals to access their preferred "personal" content (images, photos, videos, documents), which are stored at home, whenever and wherever they want to.

For Nokia, this partnership represents an important step in its strategy to offer exciting multimedia experiences to mobile users at home, in office and on the move. Easy to use terminals and close collaboration with industry partners is key in bringing the benefits of mobility to areas such as imaging, music, games and entertainment. Working closer with customers and building the future together is at the heart of Nokia's strategic direction.

The two companies are convinced of the need to develop new types of relationships between telecom operators and equipment suppliers, in order to meet challenge of increasing competition and the convergence of the telecommunications, IT and multimedia industries.

Nokia Corp.

France Telecom SA

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