Nokia joins the GSM Association

September 13, 2004

Espoo, Finland - Nokia continues its strong and long-term commitment to mobile communications development by joining the GSM Association (GSMA) today. The GSMA is the global trade association that represents more than 660 GSM mobile operators serving some 1.1 billion users across 208 countries and territories.

"On behalf of the global GSM mobile operator community, we are delighted to welcome Nokia to the Association," said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association and a member of its Board. "Through its increasingly varied strategic initiatives, the GSMA aims to drive success for our operator members and enhance the range and quality of services available to mobile phone users globally. With its insight and experience as a market leader in mobile handsets, and a major force in the infrastructure sector, Nokia can make a major contribution to the success of many of these key industry initiatives."

Mr Matti Alahuhta, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Nokia explained; "Nokia is an active supporter of GSM/EDGE/WCDMA technologies, and the company is a leading end-to-end supplier worldwide. Operators are key customers of Nokia and we cooperate with them in many areas. Indeed, it is an important objective of ours to work with operators and bring great new innovations to the market together with them. Nokia has decided to join the GSMA as an Associate member in order to further strengthen its relationships with mobile operators."

Collaboration is a key ingredient in Nokia's business approach. Nokia works with industry organisations, authorities, research institutes and other companies to further the competitiveness of the company and the strength of the industry as a whole.

The GSM Association's Board comprises the world's leading mobile operator groups to provide industry leadership on a wide range of commercial, public policy and strategic matters on behalf of all GSM mobile operators around the world. The mission of the GSMA is to preserve, enhance and promote the interests of GSM operators, representing members with one voice on a wide variety of national, regional and global issues.

About the GSM Association
The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association that exists to promote, protect and enhance the interests of GSM mobile operators throughout the world. At the end of August 2004, it consisted of 650 second and third generation mobile operators and more than 140 manufacturers and suppliers. The Association's members provide mobile services to approaching 1.1 billion customers across more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The GSMA aims to accelerate the implementation of collectively identified, commercially prioritised operator requirements and to take leadership in representing the global GSM mobile operator community with one voice on a wide variety of issues nationally, regionally and globally.
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About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.