Nokia sets focus on blended services

Finnish handset leader Nokia is expecting a surge in the demand for technology that runs mobile and fixed-telephony networks over the Internet, a Reuters report said.


According to Nokia's predictions, growth from these "blended" services would surge by up to 10 times by 2010, the report said.


The report said Nokia viewed IMS, or Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem, as a growth opportunity for both telecom gear makers and operators who needed to meet the challenge of the Internet being used for everything from phone calls to viewing television broadcasts.


"The IMS market is not big yet, but it is of strategic importance," Kai Konola, head of strategy at Nokia's networks unit, was quoted by Reuters as saying.


"In 2006, I would expect it to be in the ballpark of 100-200 million euros. In 3-4 years time, it will be an over 1 billion market," he said.