Full steam ahead for Nokia's Services business unit

Further growth seen in Managed Services, Consulting & Integration and Service Management

(PresseBox) ( Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland, )
After a successful first year that included a number of breakthrough contracts across the globe, Nokia's Services business unit has set its sights on further growth in 2006 as it helps operators cope with fierce competition and provides them with the right tools to differentiate their offerings and grow their business.

"We are proud of our achievements in our first year as a business unit. Thanks to significant double-digit revenue growth in 2005, Services now comprises over 30 percent of revenues in the Networks business group, and over one-third of Networks' personnel," says Bosco Novak, Senior Vice President for Services, Networks, Nokia.

"This solid foundation gives us a good start for 2006, and we are expecting growth especially in the areas of Managed Services, Consulting and Integration and Service Management. We remain committed to helping operators get the most out of their networks, and our business solution portfolio is second to none in the industry," Novak said on the eve of the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

Seeking to tap close to 20 years experience in the Services business and better capitalize on the growing business trend, Nokia established its Services business unit in Networks at the start of 2005. Since then, it has notched a number of significant milestones including:

- A managed services contract with Hutchison Essar that will see Nokia take on over 600 personnel
- A consulting and integration project with China Mobile in Guangdong for one of the world's largest mobile browsing delivery platforms
- TIM Italy selected Nokia's Integrated Provisioning Solution for IMS subscriber authentication and device management
- A push to talk hosting contract with mobilkom austria
- An agreement with Kuwait's Wataniya Telecom that will see Nokia's extendible open-standard provisioning solution used for all voice and data services
- The decision to open a Nokia Global Networks Solutions Center in Chennai, India

"This expanding Services footprint shows we are gaining ground and helping to unlock business value for operators by optimizing capital employed, reducing operating expenses, retaining subscribers, generating new growth and managing risks," Novak said.

Nokia provides a full range of support and services to help operators differentiate and innovate their mobile offerings. Nokia leads the service management market with over 80 customers globally, and is a leader in the managed services market with 36 agreements in 28 countries. Nokia also has 350 complex systems integration projects globally, and has delivered its unique Nokia NetActä network management solution to more than 300 customers.
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