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Nokia Announced Membership In Hiperlan2 Global

Nokia Announced Membership In Hiperlan2 Global Forum

New Wireless LAN Standard HIPERLAN 2 Enables High-Speed Connections in Mobile Information Society

Nokia announced today its participation in the new HiperLAN2 Global Forum to promote the HIPERLAN2 standard worldwide and to ensure the completion of the standard, which will enable high-speed connectivity for mobile communications in corporate, public and home environments. Employment of the HIPERLAN 2 standard will provide wireless transfer of data between portable devices and access points at speeds of up to 54 megabits per second.

"Users of HIPERLAN 2 -based products will have broadband untethered access to Internet, Intranets and Extranets", explains Reijo Paajanen, Senior Vice President, Product Creation, at Nokia Wireless Business Communications. "With the products supporting the HIPERLAN 2 standard, Nokia intends to move wireless networking to a level which enables a variety of demanding IP applications of the next millennium, such as real-time multimedia and interactive e-business services."

The first HIPERLAN2 compliant products are expected to be commercially available in volumes in 2002. In the meantime, Nokia is committed to establish HIPERLAN 2 as the global standard of choice for the wireless LAN product design in order to ensure vendor interoperability.

According to Mr. Paajanen: "Nokia anticipates that HIPERLAN 2 will be adopted as international standard for the next generation of wireless LAN products. In order to contribute to this outcome, we are delighted to be working in the HiperLAN2 Global Forum."

Nokia entered the wireless LAN market in May 1999 by introducing IEEE 802.11-based Nokia C020/C021 Wireless LAN Cards and Nokia A020/AO21 Wireless LAN Access Points. The wireless LAN market place is expected to explode over the next three years, thanks to the adoption of open standards and the growth in mobile use of the Internet.

About HIPERLAN 2

HIPERLAN (HIgh PErformance Radio LAN) 2 is the all new high performance radio technology, specifically suited for operating in LAN environments. HIPERLAN 2 is being developed within the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) and a final specification is due to be finalised at the end of 1999. The standard will ensure overall interoperability among wireless systems and devices at the data rate of up to 54 megabits per second. HIPERLAN 2 -based products operate in the unlicensed 5 gigahertz (GHz) frequency band, which has been specifically allocated to wireless LAN's.

About HiperLAN2 Global Forum

HiperLAN2 Global Forum is an open industry consortium formed by Nokia, Bosch, Dell, Ericsson, Telia and Texas Instruments. Its objective is to provide common connectivity for mobile communications and to ensure interoperable products are produced under the standard. For further information, please visit the website at www.hiperlan2.com.

About Nokia

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 51 000 people. You can visit the Nokia Group website at http://www.nokia.com or Nokia Asia Pacific website at http://nokia-asia.com

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