Nokia has launched a new unit to ensure all its new products and services will have security systems fully integrated into their designs.

The dedicated unit, which launches on 1 June, will also be responsible for researching and developing new security products and services and for guiding company strategy towards security-focused business models.

Nokia said the unit will sit within its Mobile Broadband business but will bring together people from across the company.

The vendor said its want to use security as a "positive differentiator" in the market when selling products to operators.

This decision follows Nokia's Customer Acquisition and Retention Study Report 2014, in which 75 percent of respondents said security was the responsibility of the operator.

A large number of consumers said they would switch provider if security became an issue and revealed they were willing to pay extra for a reliable security service.

[Read more: Almost half of customers ready to ditch operator over network issues]

Nokia said security would become even more of an issue as operators look to virtualise parts of their network. It follows Nokia previously donating to the OpenSSL project in its fight against the Heartbleed security flaw and establishing a mobile broadband security centre in Berlin.

Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President for Mobile Broadband at Nokia, commented: "The new Security Unit will bring together security experts and talent from across the company – Customer Operations, Global Services and Technology and Innovation teams, for example – with the aim of tackling the full set of requirements for robust telco security.

“We will continue to encourage industry dialogue and knowledge-sharing in terms of security research to improve awareness of this crucially important area of telco business."

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