Nokia, the world’s leading mobile phone maker, sold its one billionth portable phone since it began producing the devices at the beginning of the 1980s.
“Earlier this summer, Nokia sold our one billionth mobile phone, a Nokia 1100 sold in Nigeria,” Kai Oeistaemoe, senior vice president of Nokia’s Mobile Phones division, said in a statement.
“It will be new growth markets like Nigeria that will fuel the growth towards three billion subscribers by 2010,” up from the world’s current two billion subscribers, he added.
From Nokia’s first mobile phone, a 15-kilo (33-pound) car phone called Mobira Senator that hit the market in 1982, to the company’s new 2652, which is expected to be available next month, the Finnish company has produced about 400 different cell phone models.
Nokia holds more than 30 percent of the global cell phone market, landing it in the top spot worldwide, well ahead of other industry giants like Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Siemens.