Nokia dismisses reports of return to handset-making

Finnish vendor issues denial, says Chinese media source comments ‘incorrectly attributed’ to Nokia exec

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By  Stephen McBride Published  April 27, 2015

Finnish telecoms equipment vendor Nokia has denied it is planning a return to making handsets, following reports by Chinese media.

"Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China," the company said in a blogpost. "These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."

When Nokia sold its devices arm to Microsoft last year, it agreed that Microsoft would have access to the Nokia brand for 10 years. Microsoft has since opted to drop the brand from the Lumia smartphone range, but continues to make Nokia feature phones.

According to a report from Reuters, Nokia has pledged not to re-enter the phone market before 2016.

This month Nokia signalled its intention to focus more on telecoms equipment sales when the company announced its intention to acquire France's Alcatel-Lucent, a rival equipment vendor.

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