Nokia to offer low-cost, web-enabling handsets in India

Nokia to offer low-cost, web-enabling handsets in India


Amsterdam: Indians can look forward to availing internet services even on low-cost mobile handsets as the world’s largest cell phone maker Nokia is gearing up to offer such handsets through which the web can be accessed.

“We are planning to bring internet access to all the masses in India through our low-cost handsets... the company is working diligently towards it," Nokia’s Senior Vice President - Entry Business Unit (Mobile Phones Business Group) Soren Peterson told PTI in an interview.

He said using internet through GPRS takes a lot of time due to which the company is working on a new business model as there are “hundreds of million of users" of the internet.

“More than half of the new handsets sold every month in India comes from Nokia," he said when asked how many phones Nokia was selling in India.

India, which has overtaken the US to emerge as the second largest market by sales for Nokia after China, has been adding over six million new mobile users every month.

Nokia also aims to be the number one in bringing the internet to mobile devices. According to estimates, the total internet services market will be approximately 100 billion euros in 2010.

On the emerging competition for the company here, he said, “Nokia is placed very well competitively. There are no serious challenges to our product portfolio."

Nokia, which launches over 40 new models every year, also comes out with new models suited for the emerging markets, including India and China.