Wireless and fixed-network equipment maker Nokia reported substantially improved third-quarter profits and higher sales on Thursday on the back of strong demand for 5G technology from operators. The company, based in Espoo, Finland, reported net profit of 551 million euros (USD 539 million) for the July-September period, up 19 per cent from 463 million euros a year earlier.
Net income attributable to shareholders was up 21 per cent at 550 million euros from 454 million euros a year earlier. Nokia's reported sales were up 16 per cent to 6.2 billion euros. CEO Pekka Lundmark said the company's third-quarter performance "demonstrates we are delivering on our ambition to accelerate growth."
"As we start to look beyond 2022, we recognise the increasing macro and geopolitical uncertainty within which we operate," Lundmark said in a statement. "While it could have an impact on some of our customers' ... spending, we currently expect growth on a constant currency basis in our addressable markets in 2023.
" Nokia is one of the world's main suppliers of 5G - the latest generation of broadband technology - along with Sweden's Ericsson, China's Huawei and South Korea's Samsung. "Considering our recent success in new 5G deals in regions like India which are expected to ramp up strongly in 2023, we believe we are firmly on a path to outperform the market and to make progress towards achieving our long-term margin targets," Lundmark said. Nokia's largest market area during the quarter was North America, where it generated turnover of 2.3 billion euros (USD 2.2 billion), followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.