12/2/2009 12:57:00 PM
Nokia pledges to take Symbian to a ‘new level’
Nokia is ‘taking Symbian to a new level’, the manufacturer’s, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said at its Capital Markets Day event today (2 December).
Kallasvuo also pledged to push smartphone price points down globally at the event, where the company set key targets and forecasts for itself and the industry for 2010.
Kallasvuo said: ‘In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level.
‘As an operating system, Symbian has reach and flexibility like no other platform, and we have measures in place to push smartphones down to new price points globally, while growing margins. I see great opportunity for Nokia to capture new growth in our industry, by creating what we expect to be the world's biggest platform for services on the mobile.’
Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila added: ‘Going into 2010, the overall mobile devices market is stabilising and it is growing more in the areas where Nokia has competitive advantages.
‘We believe that by executing on the operational priorities we have set, Nokia will be competitive in both mobile phones and smartphones and will improve its value share.’
Nokia’s predictions for 2010 included: mobile device volumes to be up by 10% compared with 2009; a target of lower average selling price (ASP) erosion of its mobile devices in 2010, compared with recent years; and increasing its mobile device value market share slightly in 2010, compared with 2009.
The manufacturer has set a target of 300 million active users for its services by the end of 2011.