Phone-free Nokia under pressure to boost network sales
HELSINKI (REUTERS) - Nokia is expected to show a steep fall in network equipment sales in its results this week, highlighting the challenge facing management after selling its once mighty handset division to Microsoft for 5.4 billion euros (S$8.6 billion).
Improved profitability at Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) due to cost cutting have helped cushioned the company's declining handset business in recent quarters.
But with major projects in South Korea and Japan coming to an end, the NSN business, the bulk of Nokia's entire business after the handsets sale, is expected to report a 19 per cent fall in fourth-quarter sales to 3.2 billion euros and a 17 per cent fall for the whole of 2013 to 11.4 billion euros. Results are due on Thursday.
The decline for NSN would follow a 26 per cent fall in third-quarter sales and come as scale has become increasingly crucial to competing against the industry leader for wireless networks, Ericsson, and China's Huawei, particularly due to high research and development costs.