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Giving People the Power of Communication : Simo Hoikka, Programme Manager at Nokia Corporate Relations and Responsibility

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Mobile communications is now more than just voice and text. From technology innovations, to communities, it has marched a long road to take the centre stage. Nokia today not only leads in mobile technologies and services connecting people in a fast pace, it has also made its technologies available for education. Digital Learning explores Nokia’s revolutions in the mobile communications industry by taking a look at its present actions and how it has always been challenging the future.

Simo Hoikka is Programme Manager at Nokia Corporate Relations and Responsibility. He currently manages the Bridgeit project in the Philippines, a global programme designed to deliver digital education materials to schools using mobile technology. Prior to this assignment he held various positions within Nokia in sales and marketing as well as General Manager of Nokia subsidiaries.

  What kind of innovations is Nokia supporting and initiating to bridge the digital divide, enhance communities’ access to affordable technology, and use technology for development? What are the challenges in such sustaining such innovations? 

We at Nokia want to give people the power to communicate. This is the single biggest contribution we can make to bridge the digital divide at this time. But, it means addressing issues other than the cost of a phone like taxes, service costs, and competition. Together with operators, we can give people this power, and we are working on each of these angles.

We also care about social innovation, and the kind of initiatives that naked technology cannot solve without the cooperation of governments and social service providers. For example, in the Philippines, teachers in remote areas can send an SMS and receive cutting-edge educational materials

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