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Nokia Highlights its Strong Commitment to Universal Access to Mobility and New Growth Markets

Nokia Highlights its Strong Commitment to Universal Access to Mobility and New Growth Markets

ESPOO, Finland and TUNIS, Tunisia, November 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Nokia Promotes Universal Access to Communications Technologies, Celebrates Two Billion Mobile Subscribers and Showcases Mobile Phones and Network Solutions for Bridging the Digital Divide at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the ICT 4 All Exhibition in Tunis, Tunisia

Nokia, one of the main sponsors of the ICT 4 All Exhibition, continues to work towards universal access to mobility - the ability of all people to connect to people, information and services - by making mobile communications more affordable and accessible.

Nokia believes the right combination of mobile phones, network solutions, services and a favourable regulatory environment is essential in spreading the benefits of mobility. The key is to reduce the total cost of ownership to the consumer, whilst ensuring a profitable, and thus sustainable, business model for operators and vendors.

As part of its commitment to universal access, Nokia has developed the Nokia Connect GSM solution and new value-added services, such as the Nokia Prepaid Tracker and the Nokia Connect eRefill, to enable operators to profitably bring mobility to low income customer segments. Nokia also offers affordable, high-quality mobile phones like the Nokia 1600 and Nokia 1110 that are designed for new growth markets with special features such as a speaking clock and an iconic phonebook.

"Nokia is truly engaged in bridging the digital divide by offering affordable communications technologies. Mobility improves society's productivity and social welfare, which are mutual responsibilities of the private and public sectors as well as civil society," says Dr. Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice President, EMEA region, Networks, Nokia. "In addition to our advanced technological solutions, Nokia is visible at the local and global level through several community involvement projects that extend beyond the technology, products and services that the company creates."

In September this year, the global mobile subscription base reached two billion. Nokia celebrates this important milestone with the Nokia 2 Billion Award that will be presented at the World Summit Award Gala by Simon Beresford-Wylie, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Networks, Nokia. The Nokia 2 Billion Award will be presented as recognition for promoting global mobility.

As the number of mobile subscribers is expected to grow to three billion by 2010, the importance of new growth markets continues to increase. Around 20 percent of the next billion subscriptions will come from the Middle East and Africa region.

About WSIS (November 16-18)

The World Summit on the Information Society provides a unique opportunity for all key stakeholders to develop a common vision and understanding and to address the whole range of relevant issues related to the Information Society. The two-phased Summit has been endorsed by the UN General Assembly. The first phase took place in Geneva in December 2003. Organized by the International Telecommunication Union, it will be held under the high patronage of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General.

The World Summit Award Gala (November 16)

The World Summit Award (WSA) is a global initiative to select and promote the world's best in e-Content and Creativity, held in the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The World Summit Award Gala will be held on November 16 at Kram Palexpo, Central Place at 17:30 onwards.

About ICT 4 All (November 15-19)

ICT 4 All aims to contribute to a more effective worldwide use of ICTs and stimulate action between developing and developed countries through the showcasing and presenting of concrete solutions. ICT 4 All Exhibition is a parallel event to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. http://www.nokia.com/

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