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Nokia opens Lagos office

Nokia is the first handset manufacturer to introduce local Nigerian languages like Hausa, Yoruba and Ibo as an option on its mobile phones.

Nokia has officially opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria, which will serve both Nigeria and the West African sub region. Nokia's new office joins a growing list of African offices in Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya, Tunisia and South Africa.

"The potential for growth in Nigeria's telecoms industry is enormous. This is both an amazing opportunity, as well as a challenge. It is an opportunity to provide customised, peerless service to match the growing needs of the market and a challenge to do this effectively amidst the flux and intense dynamics of the industry," says Timo Toikkanen, Nokia's senior vice president, customer and market operations in Middle East and Africa.

Nokia is the first handset manufacturer to introduce local Nigerian languages like Hausa, Yoruba and Ibo as an option on its mobile phones. "In so doing we are enhancing the convenience of millions more customers and connecting millions more people. It was a wonderful accolade for both Nigeria and Nokia, when we sold our billionth phone right here in Lagos in September 2005."

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