Kamis, 26 Juni 2008

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nokia Corp (NOK1V.HE) will add public wireless LAN access to its handsets in Japan in a bid to keep pace with smaller Japanese rivals that already provide such network connections.

Nokia, the worlds biggest handset maker, holds less than a 1 percent market share in the worlds most advanced handset market, controlled by makers such as Sharp Corp (6753.T), Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd (6752.T) and NEC Corp (6701.T).

Nokia will link a Local Area Network service to its X02NK handset it supplies to Japans No.3 carrier Softbank Corp (9984.T) starting Friday, it said in a release on Wednesday.

Japans top carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc (9437.T) has equipped phones with local network connectivity since 2004, when it launched an NEC handset for corporate clients.

The lineup of connected phones this year includes Willcoms D4 handset made by Sharp and NTT DoCoMos 906i series.

Faster Internet connections enable users to quickly download videos onto their phones and upload photos onto social networking sites.

Nokia supplies handsets to NTT DoCoMo as well as to Softbank.

Shares of NTT DoCoMo closed up 1.3 percent and No.2 KDDI Corp (9433.T) ended up 1.1 percent, while Softbank fell 0.6 percent.

(Reporting by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Chris Gallagher)


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