Nokia and MCIT open new maintenance hub in Saudi Arabia

Nokia and MCIT open new maintenance hub in Saudi Arabia that will drive digital transformation and progress toward a circular economy by limiting waste, and recycling and reusing materials. #pressrelease

November 17, 2022

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Nokia today announced the opening of a new regional maintenance hub in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that will support its customers across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The new center will provide repair and support services for Nokia's 5G and legacy telecoms network equipment as well as training to local engineers. The move supports Nokia's efforts to extend the lifespan of its network equipment through the adoption of circular practices that enable greater material efficiency and reduced waste, enabling more sustainable networks.

The initiative is part of Nokia's plan to expand its operations in the Kingdom and support digital transformation and the localization of equipment services. Nokia's investment is dedicated to knowledge sharing particularly in undertaking complex and critical repair and reuse services while ensuring sustainable localization. The new center is expected to save at least four weeks of end-to-end logistics time as well as reduce the environmental impact of logistics by having a local center instead of a global model. Nokia will work in partnership with a local firm, Saak International on the initiative. The center is one of Nokia's first initiatives following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia and Nokia in 2019. The agreement supports the country's 'Saudi Vision 2030' strategy.

Nokia has set ambitious targets to cut emissions across its value chain by 50 percent between 2019 and 2030 as part of its renewed science-based targets. Approximately 50 percent of global emissions come from the global production of materials and less than 10 percent of materials are treated as circular. Nokia adopted circular practices over 25 years ago and has made significant progress in adopting circular practices by reusing, recycling, and repairing legacy products and components to extend their life cycle and optimize waste management. In 2020, Nokia processed 5,870 metric tons of obsolete products and parts.

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