Nokia lands 2,200 handset enterprise Lumia deal

Nokia lands 2,200 handset enterprise Lumia deal

Summary: Nokia's Windows Phone 8 have found a home at the Finnish arm of Swiss company ABB.

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The Finnish arm of Swiss power and automation company ABB has rolled out 2,250 Lumia smartphones to its employees.

The number of Lumia devices deployed so far are a drop in the ocean compared with ABB's 145,000 global workforce, but it's another solid win in the enterprise for Nokia. The company has been increasingly turning its attention towards the business segment to recover lost ground in the smartphone market.

The Lumia roll out has so far reached around a third of the 6,600 people ABB employs in Nokia's home territory of Finland, Nokia announced on Wednesday.

Nokia has released a wide range of Lumia smartphones at different price points over the last year, with the Lumia 520 helping buoy its return in some markets in Europe, where it's recently been snaring roughly 10 percent share of smartphone sales.

ABB's interim CIO Esa Pigg notes the diversity of phones is also helping meet its budget constraints. "Lumia has several models and price categories and they all give you the same platform and same apps for a very reasonable price," Esa said.

"We can now give our end-users much more than in the past, with the same budget. This is a very good development."

So far most of the devices ABB has purchased are its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, though its also deployed some Lumia 620, 720 and Lumia 925 devices.

The Windows Phone 8 platform dovetails with the ABB's own global Office 365 implementation, said Pigg, who also notes that ABB previously used Lotus Notes Traveller.

"Efficient mobile email and calendar synchronisation is crucial to our business," Pigg said.

"We are implementing Office 365 globally and with Windows Phone 8 you can use the native email system easily. Plus there's no subscription needed for Office 365 on a Lumia."

ABB Finland's Lumia phones are being delivered by Finnish operator Elisa, which is providing technical and customer support for the devices.

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Topics: Mobility, Nokia, EU, Windows Phone

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  • Growing to 145,000 sounds nice. Good job Nokia.

    More businesses should grok this.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Wow!

    Microsoft just make a whopping 66 hundred bucks! That's the way to do it, a nickle at a time....har har har har
    DontUseMicrosoftAtAll
    • That's likely double your yearly pay

      unless you work in Jersey, where they just upped the minimum wage.
      William.Farrel
  • it never hurts to be a favorite son

    Solutions that fit are among the keys to success and Office365 is doing well so that may translate into more pull through for Windows Phone.
    greywolf7
    • hurts a good bit when taken over by a US company though.

      It isn't Nokia... its actually Microsoft in a brown paper bag.
      jessepollard
  • They still have work to do

    The Office tools on Windows Phone are far better than anything on Android or iOS, which should help in enterprise markets. On the other hand, last time I looked there was still no VPN support, and no dual-SIM support. Why are these still missing? VPNs are important for security in a lot of enterprises. Dual-SIM support is also often important, e.g. for those who work in multiple countries (quite common here in Europe), or those who want to use the same phone for work and home (which I’d like to do).

    The other weakness is the lack of integration with and migration options from Google services, which a lot of people are locked into. The Microsoft services are clearly better in some cases (e.g. Office and SkyDrive v Google Docs and Drive) and similar in others (e.g. Outlook.com v Gmail), but a lot of people are locked into the Google ecosystem and some of Google’s services are the best in their category (e.g. nothing else comes close to YouTube).

    Obviously Google aren’t going to support Windows Phone, and may even be using illegal (anticompetitive) tactics against it (e.g. the YouTube app furore). In a lot of cases, though, Microsoft could probably add the support at a level good enough to get Google users to switch from Android to Window Phone – maybe use Microsoft services as sort of front ends, linked to Google at the back end (e.g. mirror content on SkyDrive and Google Drive). The key is to offer an easy way to migrate/interoperate, and get a first-class experience, in cases where Microsoft services are better, without giving up Google services in other areas. Microsoft have the resources to do it, and if Google step up the anti-competitive tactics, there’s a good chance Microsoft could get the DGCOMP (EU) or DoJ (USA) to step in.
    WilErz