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 UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), which aims to deliver voice and data across Europe and the US on one standard."
The launch of UMTS services is not expected until 2002.
Both Nokia and Qualcomm refused to comment on the rumours.
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