July 10, 2018 / 12:19 PM / 4 months ago

Finland's Nokia signs 1 billion euro deal with China Mobile

FILE PHOTO: The Nokia logo is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

(Reuters) - Nokia (NOKIA.HE) has signed a one billion euro (884.92 million pounds) deal to support China Mobile (0941.HK), the Finnish network gear maker said on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the one-year deal, which was signed at Sino-German Economic Forum, Nokia will provide the Chinese operator with seamless connectivity and transition support.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of new 5G networks across China in February.

Shares in Nokia were up 1.3 percent following the deal announcement.

In February Nokia said it expected the first commercial roll-outs of 5G networks to begin in 2018.

($1 = 0.8542 euros)

Reporting by Boleslaw Lasocki and Tommy Lund in Gdynia; editing by Jason Neely

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