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Openwave chief backs down in Nokia spat

No really, everything's fine...
Written by Pia Heikkila, Contributor

No really, everything's fine...

Don Listwin, CEO of mobile software company Openwave, has backed down in his war of words with Nokia. Earlier this week, Listwin accused Nokia of trying to impose its own proprietary specifications as industry standards and claimed the Finnish giant was unfairly excluding Openwave from an industry group. However, the outgoing boss now claims that quotes attributed to him in Monday's Financial Times article are not true and that his comments were blown out of proportion. He told the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat: "They only asked me if Nokia is going to become the next Microsoft which my reply was 'no, not in a million years'." He added: "By creating standards Nokia is driving the industry forward, not forcing others to join them." Listwin said the two companies have enjoyed a good relationship over the past six months and added: "My statement in the FT was referring to our past experiences and did not accurately describe any future possibilities." The as yet unnamed industry standards group was announced in November 2001. It includes top industry names, such as mm02, NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu, Matsushita, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Symbian, Toshiba and Vodafone.
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