This blog is by Athanasios Exarchos, country director of Greece at Nokia Networks.
Greetings from Athens: Nokia Networks marked it’s 25th anniversary in Greece this week by hosting a celebratory reception for key stakeholders from the information and communication technology sector, in the presence of the Finnish Ambassador, Mr. Pauli Mäkelä, and the General Director of the Ministry of the Economy in Greece, Mr. Manousakis.
Nokia has been a key contributor to the development of the Greek economy since commencing its operations there in 1990. From a modest start with 13 employees, the company now employs about 1,200 people who serve local and regional customers and contributes to the development of global products and mobile broadband solutions of the future.
One of Nokia’s key Technology Centers is located in Athens. It plays a critical role in developing future-ready mobile broadband technologies, including LTE and 5G, to help operators manage unpredictable data growth while improving network experience. The Center is also developing solutions for migrating packet core networks to telco cloud and providing technical support to Nokia Networks’ customers worldwide. Recently, the center has been accredited by the Investors in the people.
Mr. George Stefanopoulos, President of the Mobile Operation Association, noted that “innovation is key in our industry, and Nokia serves as a strong European industry player and bright example for Greece”.
Nokia is also present in Greece through its business HERE, a global leader in mapping and location services. HERE operates two field offices in Greece, with its local team of cartographers mapping the country and its thousands of islands to industry-leading standards.
HERE’s fleet of True Cars drive some 50,000 km across six continents each week and one was on hand to demonstrate during the festivities. Using proprietary technology, the cars collect information to serve as the basis for a 3D digital representation of the real world HERE is creating. These high-definition maps will be needed to make automated driving a reality.
Nokia Greece also proudly celebrates its community support activities, in particular our work with various charity- related activities such as The Smile of the Child.
Congratulations everyone. We look forward to our next 25 years!
Did you know that Nokia also celebrates its 150-year anniversary in 2015? With a long history of successful innovation, from the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, Nokia Networks operates at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology.
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