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Nokia has today introduced a form of GSM that it claimed will cause a revolution in the world wide arena, as well as in the lucrative Chinese market. GSM -- which stands for Global System for Mobiles -- is a practically worldwide standard everywhere apart from the US. In the US, a few operators have made inroads into the market, but analog and other systems are still popular there. Nokia, a Finnish company, said that its "High Capacity" GSM system will offer consumers and end users better bandwidth than before. Mikko Heikkonen, president of Nokia's network system network, announced the breakthrough at a conference in the capital of the People's Republic of China. Said Heikkonen: "The number of mobile subscribers is expected to reach 300 million by the end of this year and we anticipate around one billion users in 2005." He did not elaborate on whether that was in Red China alone. The so-called revolution includes new products from the Finnish company, including a mobile switching centre, a home location register base station and training and planning services. Motorola has already sold some systems of its own to Red China, as revealed here earlier. Nokia in the UK was not prepared to comment. ® Click for more stories

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