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Nokia obtains CDMA manufacturing licence for China
Posted: 03-Jun-2003 [Source: Nokia]

[China grants Nokia licence to manufacture and sell CDMA mobile terminals expected to begin the second half of 2003.]

The government of the People's Republic of China has granted Nokia a licence to manufacture and sell mobile terminals using the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology in China. BNMT, Nokia's manufacturing joint venture in China, is now able to proceed with its plans to introduce its first CDMA based products for the Chinese market. The company intends to start deliveries of its first CDMA terminals to the Chinese market during the second half of 2003.

"The manufacturing license is not only a statutory requirement for manufacturing and selling CDMA based products in China. It also demonstrates that Nokia's CDMA technology meets the high level of expectations and contains the advanced features required by the Chinese consumers. Nokia plans to build an equally strong presence in CDMA in China as we currently have in GSM. I would like to thank the related Chinese authorities for their support throughout the licensing process," said Urpo Karjalainen, President of Nokia (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Nokia has had a strong presence in China since 1985. With innovative technology, Nokia has continuously strengthened its market position in China as a leading supplier of mobile and broadband network systems and mobile phones. China is an important part of Nokia's global manufacturing and R&D networks. In China, Nokia is the largest exporter in the mobile telecommunications industry. Nokia has established more than 50 offices and two R&D centers in China, employing over 4 700 people.

The understanding of local market requirements is essential for success; hence Nokia has invested significantly in research and development in China. This has yielded important innovations in, for example, Chinese language input methods. Recently Nokia has introduced the Nokia 6108, a model specifically designed in and planned for China. With its intuitive touch pad and pen input for Chinese character messaging, the Nokia 6108 demonstrates Nokia's strong and long-term commitment to developing products for China.


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