The telecoms giant has introduced an innovative service in HK while consolidating its top position on the mainland Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia has introduced a new mobile phone service which it hopes will help it maintain its dominant position in Hong Kong. The world's biggest mobile phone maker teamed up with FusionOne last month to offer the MightyPhone service to owners of the Nokia 6220 model in Hong Kong and other Asia-Pacific markets. MightyPhone is a powerful wireless synchronisation service that allows mobile phone users to continually refresh contact lists, calendar appointments and to-do lists via the internet while on the move. 'With MightyPhone, Nokia 6220 customers no longer have to carry multiple devices to ensure that they have their most up-to-date calendar or contact information at their fingertips,' says Rick Onyon, co-founder and chief executive of FusionOne. 'A completely wireless solution, MightyPhone seamlessly transfers this critical information over the wireless operator's network,' he says. Nokia has also signed several deals with Hong Kong and mainland corporations recently that consolidate its role as the region's main supplier of telecommunications equipment. The firm announced in October that it would supply Hutchison 3G HK with the equipment to develop its third-generation (3G) mobile network. And a few weeks ago, Nokia struck a deal with Shenzhen Metro in which it will provide its digital TETRA professional mobile radio system for internal staff communications. 'The digital TETRA professional mobile radio system with innovative digital mobile communication functions meets our needs. It is also the most cost-effective solution,' says Cheng Rongmei, general manager of Shenzhen Metro. Nokia says the deal lays the groundwork for further expansion into the mass-transit wireless communications market on the mainland. Also in October, Nokia signed a contract with China Unicom's Zhejiang branch to expand the capacity of its GSM (global system for mobile communications) network by 200,000 subscribers. It was the latest in a series of contracts, worth US$48 million, signed with China Unicom to expand GSM networks in seven mainland provinces. Nokia has established a strong foundation on the mainland, having worked with China Unicom since 1994. The Finnish company says it is committed to developing its long-term interests on the mainland, where it is the leading supplier of mobile telecoms equipment and a major exporter of broadband networks. The firm employs 4,700 staff on the mainland, where it also carries out manufacturing and research and development. Nokia is one of modern Finland's greatest success stories. Company turnover hit Euro30 billion euros (about $297 billion) last year, with more than 90 per cent of the figure generated from sales of telecommunications equipment and mobile phone systems. Nokia claims to be the leader in mobile telecommunications technology. In February 1999, the company announced it had made the first call using the third-generation mobile phone technology WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access). WCDMA allows more information to be transmitted through mobile phone systems and can handle multimedia applications such as webpages. Nokia's impact on the Finnish economy has been phenomenal. It has been the single biggest driving force behind the country's export-led boom since the 1990s. Aktia Bank chief economist Timo Tyrvainen says the country's electronics industry, which is built around Nokia, boosted Finland's gross domestic product by 6 per cent from 1995 to 2000.