Nokia to invest in Kenyan talent

Nokia has recognised the growing number of Kenya’s software developers and announced it is to open a research and development centre in NairobiNokia has recognised the growing number of Kenya’s software developers and announced it is to open a research and development centre in Nairobi

The Finnish company’s move is an effort to cultivate applications that are tailored for its African market. Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, said in Nairobi recently that the company intends to use local talent to develop mobile applications to rejuvenate its falling handset sales. Software developers in Kenya have been innovative in coming up with applications for use in mobile phones depending on local needs, a base of talent that Nokia is keen to tap into.

“Kenya not only has the pool of talent required but has also demonstrated that it can produce mobile applications that can be used globally,” said Elop. He added that Nokia will use a yet-to-be established regional research unit to develop applications that are relevant for Africa’s users.

Elop met local software developers in Nairobi and said that Nokia is keen on mobile applications tailored to education, health and e-commerce sectors. He met about 50 software developers at iHub – an innovation centre that houses more than 3,000 software developers.

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