Nokia opens Mozambique office

Mobile communication giant Nokia has opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique, which it says cements its commitment to the South and East African region.   "The office will act as a southern African regional hub for the SADC area," says Grant Marais, Nokia's area manager for the southern African cluster.

He adds that the office will concentrate its energies on Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The office will provide easier access to rapidly expanding markets within the greater African market.

The office joins a growing list of Nokia offices on the continent, including in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, SA and Tunisia.

Marais believes the region's potential is strong in terms of growth and human resources. Having people on the ground, who have the knowledge and expertise of the Nokia brands, is an important factor towards building on the strength Nokia holds in the region, he explains.  "Nokia is going to create local training facilities in Mozambique, to help Nokia's growth in the region."  He points out that the office will further help the corporate build on, strengthen and expand numerous joint ventures and partnerships in the region.

"The company is tackling new growth markets, with the hope to build new entities and empower local partners," says Marais.  Nokia plans to concentrate on technology in mobile phones that can be tailor-made to suit the continent, he adds.  

"Nokia was the first vendor to focus on an extensive range of products and solutions in rapidly expanding markets, with the intention to remain committed to introducing affordable, attractive phones and innovative solutions to meet the communication needs of African consumers," he says.