"Mobile communications have played a big role in bringing hope and higher living standards to literally billions of people," Kallasvuo said during a keynote speech Friday. "The trend promises to accelerate in the coming decade, as the power and capabilities of smartphones spread across the globe."
Kallasvuo discussed how innovators, particularly software developers, can
join Nokia in its efforts to be a force for good by helping to accelerate
development in these growth markets. He announced the
"We've seen what the tech community can do when it focuses on problems that are also opportunities," Kallasvuo said. "We want to channel that energy toward improving lives in the developing world."
Kallasvuo noted that there are about 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions among the planet's 6.8 billion people today. "For the majority of the world's people, their first and only access to the Internet will be through a mobile device - not a PC. And this access is spreading very, very fast."
Kallasvuo announced that
Kallasvuo spoke of the importance of understanding every market in which a company does business.
"Business people often tend to lump all of the growing countries outside the West into one category. They call them 'developing countries,' 'emerging countries' or 'emerging markets.' Each of these markets is uniquely different and complex. A one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work."
Kallasvuo shared the CES stage with
"People around the world have shown us that adversity leads to real innovation," said Chipchase. "People in some of the world's most remote and poorest countries have inspired us and amazed us. They know what they need and they find ways to make it happen."
After Chipchase, Kallasvuo introduced the "Progress Project" and
"My first misconception about this project, was that Progress was merely
Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways - fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.
SOURCE Nokia Corporation