World's largest mobile phone vendor admits long rumoured move may be on the cards

Nokia looking at laptop market

Nokia has admitted that it is seriously considering entering the IT channel with the launch of its own laptop.

Chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo admitted in an interview with Finnish national broadcaster YLE that the firm was ‘looking very actively’ at the market, describing it as an’ opportunity’ for the business.

Citing the revolution between the IT and telecoms markets caused by netbooks, he said that it would be foolish for his firm not to be looking at the industry. "We don’t have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a cellphone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging."

Stressing that the convergence between the two industries was down to connectivity, he added: "Today we have hundreds of millions of people who are having their first Internet experience on the phone. This is a good indication"

Kallasvuo’s comments are the first official confirmation that the firm was looking at moving into the highly competitive IT market.

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