Nairobi is set to be Nokia’s HQ for Research and Investment for India, Middle East & Africa Region
Not long ago, many of the tech pundits thought that Nokia had abandoned Kenya after degrading Nairobi office to just Kenyan sales office. What many did not see is the fact that Nokia has two distinct offices in Kenya , the Research center and the sales office. What happened then is that Nokia made South Africa the region Sales Office HQ for Africa region but made a decision to make Nairobi Kenya the Head Quarter of Nokia Research & Investment for India, Middle East & Africa region.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop who was in Nairobi to meet with Kenyan developers insisted that people should not confuse the investment being made in the region with the size of the Kenyan office
There are fewer people in the Nairobi office, that is true, but at the same time, there has been a number of changes in terms to the amount of investment and work that Nokia is doing with developers and its research facilities. These are routine changes around the world
According to Elop, Nokia will increase their investment in the region by 25% in the year 2012 .