Nokia axes UK unit and moves R&D to Finland

27 February 2003
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27 February 2003

Mobile communications firm Nokia is to close a UK-based materials purchasing unit as it scales back its global infrastructure arm.

A decision has yet to be made regarding the 10 purchasing staff affected by the move.

Nokia Networks, which makes telecommunications equipment, plans to close the materials purchasing and planning unit in Camberley as part of a programme to centralise its research and development (R&D) teams and cut 550 jobs.

It is also closing R&D sites in California and Sweden and moving staff to Finland. The English R&D team will lay off 130 people.

The move centres on the development of base stations: devices that connect high-speed Internet, computer files and printers wirelessly.

A Nokia spokesman said the purchasing team could also move to Finland, but no details had yet been finalised.

He added: "With the market moving on, and an increasing squeeze on networks, operators are not buying base stations to the extent they were before."

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