Nokia Chief Sees Opening in China [Wall Street Journal]
Summary: Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo on a trip to China this week, noted the potential of a maturing mobile phone market in China, where replacement phones (which are usually "upgrades" to higher-end phones) make up an estimated 55% of the market and are seen growing to 80% by 2010. At the same time, China's mobile phone market is emerging because Nokia expects the number of subscribers to grow by 160 million over three years, in addition to the 443.2 million current subscribers. There were nearly 50 million new subscribers y-t-d through October. Kallasvuo also commented on the mobile phone being a substitute for a PC in China -- emphasizing the opportunity for people to get their first Internet experience with a mobile phone -- adding, "I think we can take value from the PC market in this domain..." Nokia has a partnership with China's leading search engine Baidu.com.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Nokia (NOK) and Baidu (BIDU) • Competitors: China Techfaith Wireless (CNTF), Motorola (MOT) • ETF: streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology (MTK) -- Nokia is a 3% holding
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