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Nokia announces the largest single order of ETACS phones from SMART Communications for 1997.

MANILA, The Philippines--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 1998--Nokia Mobile Phones today announced the order of more than 100,000 Nokia 909 ETACS phones from SMART Communications.

The delivery commenced in November and was completed by the end of December 1997. This was the largest delivery made to SMART Communications in 1997.

"Nokia is pleased to be able supply the Nokia 909 ETACS phones to our reputable partner, SMART Communications," commented Mr John Ogier, General Manager, Nokia Mobile Phones Philippines. "Through our partnership with SMART, Nokia continues its commitment to provide customised products tailored to the specific needs of consumers in the Philippines for all standards," he continued.

Mr Ogier added, "This major deal indicates that there is a substantial opportunity for volume sales given the right product and the right business partner. The Nokia 909, with its high functionality is a significant contribution of the existing growing market."

"The Nokia 909 is one of the popular choices of ETACS phones in the market. It meets the criteria of consumers who are looking for a phone that is easy to use, feels good to hold, feature rich and available at an affordable price. We are pleased that Nokia is able to meet our requirements," commented Mr Ardie Balderema, Manager, SMART Communications.

SMART Communications is the largest cellular carrier in the Philippines with over 600,000 mobile subscribers. Started in 1994, SMART Communications is the only E-TACS operator in the Philippines. In February 1997, SMART Communications became the number one cellular carrier in the Philippines.

A leader in the cellular industry in many markets in Asia Pacific, Nokia provides innovative, industry-leading and market-relevant technology and products to over 30 diverse markets in the region.

Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is a leader in digital technologies including mobile phones, cellular and fixed telecommunications networks, wireless data solutions and multimedia terminals. With sales in approximately 130 countries, net sales totaled FIM 39.3 billion ($8.5 billion) in 1996. Nokia employs more than 36,000 people in 45 countries. Nokia shares are listed in Helsinki, New York, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Paris.

You can visit the Nokia Group website at http://www.nokia.com or Nokia Asia Pacific website at http://nokia-asia.com

CONTACT: SMART Communications, Inc.

Ardie Balderema, 63-2-511-3231

Fax: 63-2-511-3300

or

Nokia Mobile Phones

Menchu Duay, 63-2-893-6763

Fax: 63-2-752-7018
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