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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has just announced that it is acquiring assets of Valona Labs and launching a Centre of Excellence in Tampere, Finland. It combines the commitment of HMD Global to delivering secure, reliable, and dependable mobile experiences with Valona Labs’ expertise in mobile, enterprise, and cybersecurity software.

The Centre of Excellence in Tampere will specialize in software, security, and services. This propels the transition of HMD Global from a purely hardware business to a combined hardware and services company.

hmd-global-2The company launched its global data roaming service – HMD Connect in March this year, entering a new service category. This will be further be developed at the centre at Tampere as well as begin work on other services like remote device locking, enterprise mobility management, mobile device software security, secure network communication, and black-box testing. The scope of the new centre will expand to include imaging and audio technologies in the future.

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Valona Labs’ Head of Unit, Ari Heikkinen was also appointed as the Senior Director of Security and Enterprise Solutions at HMD Global.

“We have been working closely with HMD Global for quite some time and I’m excited to announce our collaboration today as we continue to strengthen our partnership. With this new Centre of Excellence, we are striking whilst the iron is hot. Cybersecurity incidents have been on the rise during this global pandemic, meaning there’s no better time to increase our efforts on mobile security,” said Heikkinen in a statement.

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