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Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who heads manufacturing giant Nokia, has said that a growing number of people use their mobile phones as their primary means of accessing the internet.

Addressing the attendees of CES 2010, Mr Kallasvuo indicated that in many cases mobile phones would provide people with their only means of using the internet. He said that a generation was being brought up with mobile internet access as the most common form of online connectivity.

Mr Kallasvuo also encouraged industry observers to stop referring to mobile markets in the eastern half of the globe as emerging or developing, claiming that the significant progress being made in these regions and that such labels were out of date and failed to reflect the realities of the market in 2010.

Nokia is spearheading a new initiative that aims to drive the innovation and availability of mobile phones in some of the poorer parts of the world. Called the Venture Challenge, it is a scheme that intends to provide internet access using smartphones to those who would otherwise be without it.

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