Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Our mistakes, by former Nokia chief

Ex-Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila says the former No 1 mobile phone company made several mistakes at its peak, including failure to predict changing customers' needs.

In his autobiography, which translates from the Finnish as An Impossible Success, Mr Ollila concedes that after 2001 the Finnish company was unable to sustain its role as the main innovator in the wireless industry.

Several of its models flopped and it failed to sense popular trends such as folding clamshell handsets and touch screen models.

Mr Ollila said at the launch of his book in Helsinki on Thursday that Nokia became "painfully aware" that its mobile platforms lagged behind US software and the challenges posed by the iPhone.

He also described the planned sale of Nokia's smartphones and services to "arch rival" Microsoft as "dramatic and brave".

AP

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph