Nokia: From N-Gage to QD

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Case Code : BSTA037
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1865 - 2004
Organization : Nokia
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Global
Industry : Communications

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Background Note

Nokia was the world's largest maker of cell phones ahead of rivals such as Motorola, Siemens, and Samsung. Nokia had two main business lines, mobile phones (wireless voice and data devices for personal, business, and entertainment uses) and networks (wireless switching and transmission equipment used by carriers). Besides cell-phones, Nokia offered set-top boxes, home satellite systems, wireless network software, and cell phone displays. Nokia Ventures division invested in technology-related startups...

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The N-Gage

Nokia had been a dominant force in the mobile communications hardware industry till the late 1990s. But it found the going increasingly tough in the early 2000s as competition intensified. Sony had bought the ailing Ericsson and revamped its product portfolio. Motorola had staged a comeback and was slowly but steadily increasing its market share. Motorola claimed about 16% share, up from 14% at the beginning of 2003. By the first quarter of 2004, Samsung's market share grew more quickly than any of the other top six manufacturers...

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