Nokia Shifts Enterprise Strategy

To cease developing its own behind-the-firewall business mobility solutions and is in discussions for sale of its security appliances

September 29, 2008

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ESPOO, Finland -- With its sights firmly fixed on consumer internet services and with a clear vision of changing industry trends, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is today announcing the renewal of its business mobility strategy. Nokia will focus on bringing best-in-class devices and solutions to market by further strengthening strategic relationships with leading enterprise technology vendors.

Nokia announced that it plans to cease developing or marketing its own behind-the-firewall business mobility solutions. The appropriate technologies and expertise will be reallocated to Nokia's new consumer push e-mail service. Going forward, Nokia plans to form its enterprise solutions offering by combining Nokia devices and applications with software solutions from industry leading enterprise vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others.

"We have very strong relationships with industry leading enterprise technology partners such as Cisco and Microsoft, as well as a broad range of operator and retail channel partners. Together with them, we will use our expertise in devices, as well as the combined channel footprint and customer base, to deliver a range of unbeatable end-to-end offerings for business. The initial success of the Nokia E71 with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync is a great example of the attractiveness of our new approach, " said Niklas Savander, EVP, Services & Software, Nokia. "We will also continue with our investment strategy to develop key consumer internet services in areas such as music, games, media, messaging and context based services. "

As a further step towards ensuring a clear focus on its core mobility business, Nokia is also announcing that it is in the advanced stages of discussions for the potential sale of its security appliances business to a financial investor. "If this transaction is concluded, it would be an extremely positive development for the security appliance business, which will be able to realize its full potential under new ownership. The investor is committed to continuing the development and growth of the business, to serving its current network of customers, and to retaining and motivating its employees," Niklas Savander continued. Further news about this transaction will be announced when a definitive agreement is reached with the investor.

"As recently demonstrated by the launch of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on over 40 Nokia S60 phones, Microsoft and Nokia are committed to working together to deliver great experiences for our customers", said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President, Exchange Group at Microsoft. "At Microsoft, we look forward to ongoing collaboration with Nokia to address the tremendous opportunities for both our companies in unified communications."

"We have been working closely with Nokia to deliver voice and data mobile business solutions that combine Nokia's best-in-class mobile devices with Cisco's complete range of unified communications and wireless networking offerings," said Brett Galloway, Senior Vice President of the Wireless and Security Technology Group at Cisco. "We look forward to expanding our collaboration with Nokia to provide solutions to business customers across the globe."

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)

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