Nokia is rumoured to be in takeover talks with US wireless communications vendor Qualcomm, in an effort to extend its global reach.
Qualcomm holds the patents for third generation mobile telephony in the US.
A telecoms analyst familiar with the negotiations told PC Week: "Nokia wants this technology to oil the wheels of Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), which aims to deliver voice and data across Europe and the US on one standard."
The launch of UMTS services are not expected until 2002.
"Qualcomm also has an installed base of 18 million users for Eudora Light and Eudora Pro, an email package which could run on Nokia's communicator platform," the analyst added.
Both Nokia and Qualcomm refused to comment on the rumours.
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