Nokia’s Nigerian Office Reopens After Brief License Spat

  • Nokia office temporarily closed by regulator earlier this week
  • Regulator said company needs installation and sales license

Nokia Oyj reopened its office in Nigeria after the local regulator said it halted the network manufacturer’s operations in the country over a 2 million naira ($6,150) sales and installations license.

“They had started the process about three weeks ago, but stopped somewhere,” Tony Ojobo, spokesman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, said Friday by phone from the capital, Abuja. The company is required to pay for the license, he said.

Nokia until some years ago supplied the vast majority of mobile phones in Africa’s most populated country and is seeking to partake in the expansion of faster mobile networks as Nigerians buy more smartphones. The Middle East and Africa contributed 9.4 percent to the Helsinki-based company’s sales last year, according to its annual report.

Nokia’s administrative office in Lagos has been reopened and the company received formal written confirmation about the matter, a spokesman for the company said in an e-mailed statement.

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