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Nokia shakes up operations to focus on mobile internet



05.11.2008

Mobile phone giant Nokia has announced a package of changes to it operations including cuts, expansion and future plans.


The markets unit, for example, will "strengthen the customer interface, ensure resources are well allocated to meet the business needs and de-layer the organisation," according to a spokesperson. The Nokia Research Center (NRC) will also be overhauled so that it can focus on fewer yet stronger research areas.


450 employees are likely to be affected by the change to the markets unit, and 130 employees are likely to be affected by the changes to the NRC. Nokia has stated its intention to find other roles within the company for all existing employees whose jobs are affected by the shake-up.


Juha Äkräs, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, commented: "[The] changes are part of Nokia`s constant renewal where it is important to be close to our customers and ensure that our people are able to focus on the key business priorities."


One of the areas Nokia will be focusing on is the development of mobile internet in emerging markets. Robert Andersson, Executive Vice President of Nokia said: "The mobile device and the Internet are a powerful combination in connecting people with each other, accessing information, news, entertainment and sharing.


"By introducing products and services that are affordable, relevant and easy-to-use, we believe Nokia can fuel the growth of the Internet in emerging markets through mobility."

 

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