ESPOO, Finland, March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens announced today that Nokia Siemens Networks will start operations on April 1, 2007. Nokia and Siemens are contributing their respective carrier networks businesses and corresponding assets into this new 50:50 company. Both parties have agreed to increase their respective net asset contributions to the new company, with Siemens to contribute EUR 2.4 billion and Nokia to contribute EUR 1.7 billion. With its global scale and size, Nokia Siemens Networks is in a great position to play an industry leading role by developing innovative, cost-efficient products and services. Nokia Siemens Networks will have one of the world's best R&D teams, who will advance the development of product platforms and services for next-generation fixed and mobile networks. "In the consolidating telecommunications market Nokia Siemens Networks will offer customers cost-saving, leading-edge solutions that will also optimally meet their needs with regards to convergence," said Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. This view is shared by Klaus Kleinfeld, President and CEO of Siemens AG. "With the launch of Nokia Siemens Networks, a strong leader with excellent growth potential is entering the top league of the telecommunications market. In taking this step, we are dramatically strengthening our market position and creating sustainable value." Nokia Siemens Networks will set the highest standards of ethics and integrity. Based on the results of a pre-closing compliance review, Nokia and Siemens have reached an agreement on compliance and control processes that are meant to become a benchmark for the entire industry. Since Nokia will consolidate the financial results of Nokia Siemens Networks, both companies have agreed that the compliance processes will be based on Nokia's system and practices. In addition to a strong Finance and Control organization with centralized reporting systems and robust internal control processes, Nokia Siemens Networks will have an expanded compliance program including training programs and defined approval processes for governmental business and for engaging third party consultants in the sales process. Nokia Siemens Networks has zero tolerance for financial or other business misconduct and has also defined anti-corruption policies, principles and materials. "Ethical behavior is about more than strong policies, programs and processes. It is also about company culture and individual choice. Integrity will be a prominent and deeply embedded part of the Nokia Siemens Networks culture," said Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks. As communicated previously, the board of Nokia Siemens Networks will consist of seven members. Nokia President and CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, will chair the board and Siemens CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld, will act as the vice-chair. The other members of the board are the head of Nokia Operational Human Resources, Juha Akras; Siemens CFO, Joe Kaeser; member of the Siemens managing board, Eduardo Montes; head of Nokia Technology Platforms, Niklas Savander; and Nokia CFO, Rick Simonson. About Nokia Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. Further information is available at www.nokia.com. About Siemens Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has around 475,000 employees (incl. discontinued operations) working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of services for individual requirements. Siemens provides innovative technologies and comprehensive know-how to benefit customers in over 190 countries. Founded more than 155 years ago, the company focuses on the areas of Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical, and Lighting. In fiscal 2006 (ended September 30), Siemens had sales of EUR87.3 billion and net income of EUR3.033 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com. 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