Vanjoki gets standing ovation at Nokia World in London
Mobile phone giant hopes new models will bring more orders
Judging from the level of applause at the Nokia World developer summit event in London on Tuesday, Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Mobile Solutions, is the star of the mobile phones giant.
His speech in London ended in lengthy applause, with some of the data professionals in the audience actually standing up - a most unusual occurrence at a Nokia event.
Vanjoki had just announced his impending resignation from Nokia after nearly 20 years with the company. He gave notice during the weekend after he was not named the company’s new CEO.
On the stage, Vanjoki’s performance showed considerable self-confidence and boyish enthusiasm. He even managed to put some humour into his presentation, and there was no sign of any bitterness over recent events.
Vanjoki said that he is confident that Nokia’s new handset models, which use the Symbian 3 platform, will significantly ease the company’s current troubles.
Vanjoki’s colleague Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President of Markets, predicted that Nokia would sell 50 million Symbian 3 phones in the next two years.
“The estimate is quite conservative”, Vanjoki said a couple of hours after addressing the gathering.
The Symbian 3 phones are smartphones with touch screens with applications that go far beyond making telephone calls. On Tuesday, Nokia announced the introduction of three models in three different price ranges.
Most investors and market analysts do not believe that the new Symbian 3 phones will help Nokia catch up with Apple’s iPhones.
Profitability of the company’s Devices and Services unit has weakened considerably in recent years because demand for expensive smartphone models has deceased.
Vanjoki nevertheless said that he is not worried about the company’s order books. He also does not accept the suggestion that Symbian 3 is just an interim phase.
Nokia has revamped its organisation over the past year to help promote better product development.
Vanjoki admits that software development was dispersed in several small and separate projects, and that only now has Symbian been turned into a real programme platform.
There was one disappointment at the London event. There was no mention of the MeeGo operating system developed in cooperation with Intel, which is one of the milestones on which investors have placed much hope.
A project was launched at Nokia in 2002 under Vanjoki’s leadership, focussing on the development of an operating system of completely new devices.
Vanjoki told his audience that in 2002 Nokia announced that it would produce five products in this category to come out at 18-month intervals. He promised that the fifth would be a fantastic consumer product. The product will be a MeeGo which is to come out at the end of the year.
Vanjoki said that it could mean devices with several different screens. The software can be used in a car and on a television, making the devices quite different from what today’s smartphones are.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Frustrated Vanjoki left after applying twice for Nokia leadership (14.9.2010)
Nokia Mobile Solutions chief Anssi Vanjoki resigns (13.9.2010)
Embattled Kallasvuo steps down - Nokia appoints Stephen Elop as new President and Chief Executive Officer (10.9.2010)
Nokia and Intel to develop next-generation user interface in Oulu (25.8.2010)
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