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Nokia mulls entry into laptop market

CEO reveals company is ‘looking very actively’ into the prospect

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of mobile giant Nokia, has revealed that the company is considering entry into the laptop market in an interview with Finnish national broadcaster YLE.

"We are looking very actively also at this opportunity," was Kallasvuo’s response when quizzed about whether Nokia intends to make laptops.

Rumours of such a move have been doing the rounds since late last year but were never formally addressed by Nokia, and Kallasvuo’s admittance is the first official sign of things to come.

"We don't have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a mobile phone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging," said Kallasvuo. "Today we have hundreds of millions of people who are having their first Internet experience on the phone. This is a good indication."

The news comes just a day after Nokia announced that it would offer severance packages to the first 1,000 employees who volunteer to leave the company, with the exception of direct labour and senior executives. The Voluntary Resignation Package will be open for application from March 1 until 1,000 employees have applied, closing at the latest May 31, 2009.

The global initiative is “part of its previously announced plans to increase cost-efficiency and adapt to the challenging market environment,” a company statement read.