Telecom company Nokia appoints Pius Ang’asa as Country Manager for Kenya

KENYA – Nokia, a multinational telecommunication, information technology, and consumer electronics company, has appointed Pius Ang’asa as Country Manager for Kenya.

Pius will be the primary interface with local authorities and government and be responsible for establishing and leading the Country Sales Committee (CSC) to foster Nokia’s business in the country across all customer segments.

Pius joined Nokia in 2011 as an Account Manager on the Airtel account and is currently in charge of the Airtel accounts in Kenya, Madagascar, and Congo Brazzaville. In addition, he has had roles such as Branch Manager of Nokia Congo Brazzaville as well as a Country Management Team member for Nokia Madagascar.  

“Kenya is a key market for Nokia in the region and we are determined to play a key role in the development and transformation of the telecoms industry in the country. We believe that Pius will play a critical role in this based on his vast experience and wish him all success in his new role,” Rajiv Aggarwal, Market Unit Head of Central, East and West Africa (CEWA) at Nokia, said

Pius holds a degree in Engineering from Moi University and MBA from the University of Nairobi. He has over 21 years of experience in the telecoms industry in different geographies and roles ranging from project management and account management.

“I look forward to working closely with the various players in the market to further strengthen the telecom network infrastructure to enable world-class broadband services and customer experience in Kenya,” Pius commented on his appointment.

“With Nokia’s comprehensive portfolio of products and professional services, we are committed to bringing advanced mobile, fixed, IP and optical network technologies with software capabilities and professional services for telecom operators and enterprises in the country.”

In September last year, Nokia and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) forged a collaboration to boost digital transformation efforts on the continent, focusing on bridging the digital divide and developing Industry 4.0 use cases.

In a statement, Nokia detailed plans for the pair to explore ways to expand connectivity and implement emerging technologies and business models alongside 5G.

Also, in focus is promoting inclusion and diversity, developing talent for digital innovation and helping local governments shape telecoms policies.

Rajiv Aggarwal, head of Nokia Central, East and West Africa Market Unit, stated the company will employ its expertise to “positively impact the universal socio-economic development in the continent”.

ATU secretary general John Omo dubbed the partnership with Nokia as “crucial” for the organisation’s goal to accelerate the continent’s digital transformation and knowledge.

In April, Ericsson and the ATU issued recommendations for spectrum allocation and usage in the region, while reports in June stated Huawei teamed with the industry group to boost capacity and digital skills.

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