July 25 (Reuters) - Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia on Thursday reported a surprise rise in quarterly profits, citing rising demand, and stuck to its 2019 forecasts.
Nokia reported April-June underlying earnings per share of 0.05 euros, compared with a 0.03 euros average forecast in a Refinitiv poll.
The company said second quarter revenues rose 7% from a year ago to 5.69 billion euros ($6.34 billion), beating analysts’ average forecast of 5.43 billion in the poll.
The telecom networks industry has faced slowing demand since 4G network sales peaked in the middle of the decade, but a new cycle of network upgrades appears to be kicking in as demand for 5G technology increases. ($1 = 0.8981 euros) (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; editing by Uttaresh.V)