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Nokia Networks selects TietoEnator as its R&D partner

In order to further strengthen its software development capacities in the area of mobile networks, Nokia Networks has signed a collaboration agreement with TietoEnator.

A part of Nokia Networks' product development activities in the area of mobile networks will be transferred to TietoEnator.

As a competence base for collaboration, approximately 300 employees in Finland will be moved from Nokia to TietoEnator. TietoEnator will establish a business unit dedicated to Nokia's R&D operations. The new unit will be part of Telecom & Media Business Area which will have 1900 people. The agreement will be effective on October 1, 2001, and it is subject to approval by the Finnish Competition Authority.

TietoEnator will do software development, testing and maintenance work related to the mobile core network for both 2G and 3G and TETRA networks, basic registers and certain other network elements within Nokia's DX switching platform.

Both parties aim at long term co-operation.

" For TietoEnator the arrangement means significant new co-operation with Nokia which is one of our key customers. TietoEnator will, after this deal, strengthen its position as a leading Nordic competence center in mobile R&D," says Pentti Heikkinen, President of Telecom & Media Business Area in TietoEnator.

"This arrangement is part of Nokia Networks' networked product creation strategy. With its excellent R&D capabilities and a solid technology platform TietoEnator was an excellent choice for us in order to build a long term relationship with benefits to both parties," says Mr. Sauli Salo, Senior Vice President, Nokia Networks. "The aim was to find a strong cooperation partner in core network R&D in order to extend our reach, and TietoEnator's competencies will complement in an excellent way our own strong R&D in mobile networks. Flexibility and faster development cycles are key requirements as we move towards the future IP based network architectures."

With a staff of 10,000 and an annual turnover of 1.1 billion euros, TietoEnator is a leading supplier of high value-added IT services in Europe. TietoEnator provides consulting, systems development and integration, operation and support, product development services for customers, and software services. The Group has in-depth knowledge of its customers' businesses in areas such as telecommunications, finance, the public sector and the forest and energy industries.

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 six major exchanges.

Further information:

TietoEnator Corporation: Pentti Heikkinen, President, Telecom & Media Business Area
Tel. +358 9 862 60780, +358 400 438611

Nokia Networks: Communications Department
Tel. +358 7180 38195,

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