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Nokia acquires a 40% stake of AIRCOM International

Established in 1995, AIRCOM provides radio engineering services and designs and develops network planning, information management and performance monitoring software. The company is based in Reigate, U.K. and currently employs more than 50 people. It is an independent company owned by its employees.

Nokia has liaised with AIRCOM International since July 1998, and is developing the Nokia Totem Network Planning System for mobile phone networks in close co-operation with them. "This is a natural continuum to our previous, mutually beneficial co-operation with AIRCOM. Nokia will focus its attention on certain selected products on AIRCOM's portfolio, for instance network planning tools, which best contribute to our system features and product concepts. This development also complements Nokia's network planning and consultancy services to operators", stated Mr. Pekka Oranen, Senior Vice President, Customer Services, Nokia Telecommunications.

Dr. Stephen Mockford, AIRCOM International, Managing Director comments: "We are especially delighted to intensify our cooperation with Nokia, one of the world's leading suppliers of mobile telephone networks. We trust that Nokia's system offering will promote our company's further growth, while enhancing the possibility for Nokia to influence the development of future network planning systems".

AIRCOM has a renowned reputation in developing Windows-based radio network planning tools. The company is focused on three core activities: Radio Network Consultancy Services; Radio Engineering, Optimisation and Performance Management Tools; Technology Transfer and Training.

Nokia has extensive experience in planning new and upgrading live networks, and implementing solutions in a managed way. It also has in-house development of both PC and Unix-based network planning systems. Nokia has over 40 Customer Service Centers around the world, supported by a network of qualified local partners, Nokia's Customer Service organisation has the resources and experience to develop and support networks of any size.

Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia also supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges, has sales in over 130 countries and employs more than 47,000 people worldwide.

Notes to Editors:
TotemTM is a powerful and user-friendly network planning and information management system to assist in the design and optimisation of radio communications networks. In addition to PC-based tools, the Totem product family contains also the existing Unix-based tools.

NOKIA is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation.
Totem is a trademark of Nokia Telecommunications. Any other trademarks mentioned in the documents are the property of their respective owners.

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