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Nokia wants all of Symbian

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Nokia, which already owns 48% of British software group Symbian, said it was launching a bid to acquire all of the company specialised in open platform software for mobile phones.

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Finnish mobile telephone giant Nokia said on Tuesday it had launched a bid to acquire Symbian, a London-based software group, for 264 million euros (411 million dollars).

Nokia already owns about 48 percent of Symbian, which specialises in open platform software for mobile phones and is described by Nokia as a leader in its field.

Symbian employs 1,490 people and counts such technology giants as Ericsson, Panasonic, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson among its other shareholders.

Ericsson, which has a 15.6 percent stake, has said it will accept the Nokia offer.

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