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Symbian Foundation moves closer to launch

December 2, 2008

LONDON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Plans for the Symbian Foundation and the
evolution of Symbian OS(TM) as the leading, open platform for mobile
innovation moved closer to reality today, as Nokia announced that it had
completed its offer to acquire Symbian Limited.

“This is welcome news for all of us who are committed to the success of
the Symbian Foundation and its platform,” said Pierre Garnier, vice president
and general manager, Baseband Business Unit, Texas Instruments, on behalf of
the initial board members. “Today is an important milestone in enabling the
Symbian Foundation to deliver on its promise — to open up the industry’s most
complete and proven operating system in order to stimulate innovation in the
mobile industry.”

Since plans for the Symbian Foundation were announced, almost 60
organizations have endorsed the initiative and more than three hundred more
have registered their interest in joining the foundation via the website at
http://www.symbianfoundation.org.

“The broad support we have received has confirmed that our vision,
announced back in June, is shared by many organizations both within and beyond
the mobile industry,” said Lee Williams, nominated Executive Director for the
Symbian Foundation. “When the foundation begins operations, expected during
the first half of 2009, it will have a uniquely strong ecosystem of developers,
manufacturers and network operators, all committed to building an open
platform to set the future of mobile free.”

“The future looks exciting for those of us who have been developing and
delivering Symbian OS,” said Nigel Clifford, CEO, Symbian Ltd. “Establishing
the Symbian Foundation is an audacious step, which will create the foremost
platform for innovation in mobile. It will join software, proven over ten
years of market leadership, with the open source community to create a great
new dynamic.”

As previously announced, the plans for the establishment of the Symbian
Foundation and royalty-free licensing of foundation software are:

1) The acquisition of Symbian Limited by Nokia, completed as planned in
fourth quarter, 2008.

2) Software assets are contributed to the foundation, including Symbian OS
and S60 by Nokia, UIQ technology by Motorola and Sony Ericsson and MOAP(S) by
NTT DOCOMO and Fujitsu.

3) This contributed software will be available under a royalty-free
license to foundation members from the first day of Symbian Foundation
operations, expected during the first half of 2009.

4) The foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified
foundation release expected in 2009.

5) The foundation will work to make the platform available in open source
by June 2010 (two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement).

Note to Editors:

Further information about the Symbian Foundation is available at
http://www.symbianfoundation.org.

Symbian and all Symbian based trademarks and logos are trademarks of
Symbian Software Limited. Until the Symbian Foundation has become fully
operational, Symbian Software Limited retains exclusive responsibility for all
licensing and marketing activities related to Symbian OS.

About the Symbian Foundation

On June 24, 2008, mobile industry leaders announced their intent to create
the Symbian Foundation, with membership open to all organizations. At the
same time, Nokia announced its offer to acquire Symbian Limited. Following
the close of that acquisition, Nokia will contribute Symbian OS and S60
software to the foundation. Sony Ericsson and Motorola will contribute
technology from UIQ and DOCOMO and Fujitsu have indicated their willingness to
contribute MOAP(S) assets.

The contributed software will be available for all foundation members
under a royalty-free license, from the foundation’s first day of operations,
expected to be during the first half of 2009. From these contributions, the
foundation will then provide a unified platform with a single UI framework.
The foundation will make selected components available as open source at
launch and then work to establish the most complete mobile software offering
available in open source.

The foundation’s platform will build on Symbian OS, today’s leading open
mobile software operating system with more than 225 million mobile phones
already shipped by multiple vendors across more than 250 major network
operators and with tens of thousands of third-party applications already
available for these devices

The foundation software licensing model and governance has been selected
to secure transparency, encourage contribution and maintain platform
consistency. The foundation will promote collaboration, contributions and
active participation and will operate as a meritocracy. Device manufacturers
will be eligible for seats based on number of Symbian Foundation platform-
based devices shipped, with the other board members selected by election and
contribution. Only one seat will be available per organization on the board of
directors and each of the councils.

SOURCE Symbian Foundation


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