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Panasonic far from happy over Psion/Nokia deal

Motive for joining had been vendor independence
Tue Feb 24 2004, 15:05
A SURPRISING INSIGHT into the feelings of one minority shareholder in Symbian, Panasonic, was provided at the 3GSM show.

The INQ innocently asked Yasuo Katsura, president of Panasonic Mobile Communications what he thought of Nokia holding nearly 70 per cent of Symbian, Katsura replied, "Quite frankly I'm far from happy."

He pointed out that when his company (which was then using the parent, Matsushita name) bought into Symbian five years ago, Psion was the major shareholder and no single vendor dominated the scene.

Katsura pointed out that Panasonic would be very pleased to see as many handset suppliers utilising Symbian as possible. (The latest licensees include LG of Korea and Arima of Taiwan).

He told the INQ that it wasn't as if "he welcomed the move with open arms." Intriguingly he said the Symbian board will have to meet over the issue. "Let the board decide," he added.


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