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Last Updated : Apr 25, 2019 11:22 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Nokia reports surprise first-quarter loss

It is now readying for a new cycle of network upgrades as operators have started to invest in 5G equipment.

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Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia reported a surprise quarterly loss on April 25, citing hard competition in its core business, the networks unit.

Having signalled back in January "a particularly weak Q1", Nokia reported a fall to an operating loss (non-IFRS) of 59 million euros ($66 million) from a profit of 239 million euros in the first quarter a year ago.

That compared with analysts' profit expectation of 305 million in a Reuters poll.

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The networks industry - dominated by Nokia, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei - has been battered by years of slowing demand since 4G network sales peaked in the middle of the decade.

It is now readying for a new cycle of network upgrades as operators have started to invest in 5G equipment.

 

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First Published on Apr 25, 2019 11:10 am
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