Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 8.3 5G benefit from secure mobile communication

09. 11. 2021 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The launch of nearly 400 smartphones - which have gradually replaced existing devices - will soon be completed. The new Nokia smartphones offer simplified workflows and increasingly satisfied employees with their new devices.


As the administrative authority of south-west Germany, the Lörrach Council Administration is strongly committed to information security and the responsible use of taxpayers' money. Therefore, these criteria played a major role in the selection of new smartphones for employees. After extensive testing of the available devices and a comparison of compliance, the district government decided to purchase the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 8.3 5G smartphones.

The decisive arguments in favor of Nokia phones were the native Android operating system, which does not come with unnecessary applications on the devices; providing long-term and fast security fixes for smartphones; and a wide range of services at modest prices. The launch of nearly 400 smartphones - which have gradually replaced existing devices - will soon be completed. The new Nokia smartphones offer simplified workflows and increasingly satisfied employees with their new devices.

Lörrach Council wants to replace its employees' devices with secure and high-performance smartphones. Existing phones are outdated in terms of security fixes. Under the mandate to use taxpayers' money responsibly, new smartphones should have a long security repair subsidy, preferably three years. Due to the highly sensitive nature and handling of personal and sensitive data, no security breaches may occur during their use.

After an extensive, real-world test and comparison of technical performance data with the requirements, the Lörrach Council has decided to commit to the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 8.3 5G smartphones. The attractive price of the devices also met the requirement to use taxpayers ’money responsibly. Nearly 400 Council employees are currently using high-performance Nokia smartphones with long-term security updates.

Advantages

  • High level of security and long life with monthly security updates for up to three years
  • Pure Android smartphones without bloatware simplify processes for IT and users
  • Low investment costs with the cost-effective yet powerful Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 8.3 5G smartphones
  • Easy operation and detailed user guide reduce support workload
  • "Never change on a stable system." Günter Dußmann, IT System Administrator at the Lörrach Council, would have liked to have followed this motto for the mobile phone infrastructure. “However, the manufacturer of our previous mobile phones, which we have been using for years, has refused to make any further security fixes,” Dußmann explained. As a result, it took urgent action last year on the Council’s smartphone fleet to prevent mobile phones from weakening its IT infrastructure.

    Following a comprehensive evaluation, it was decided to equip employees with Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 8.3 5G smartphones in the future. * "First of all, we asked our long-term supplier, Brodos, to provide us with smartphones from different manufacturers and with different operating systems," Dußmann reported. "We wanted to test these in real life within our infrastructure." By then, a favorite was released. “Nokia devices passed all our tests without any problems,” said the IT administrator. He suspects that the good result "is largely due to the fact that the devices are shipped free of unnecessary software and therefore many of the other applications used in the Council do not have any unwanted side effects".

    Nokia smartphone maker HMD Global offers a wide range of devices that are part of Google's Android One program. The program includes phones that are equipped with the native Android operating system and do not contain unnecessary applications (also known as bloatware). The superior performance of Nokia smartphones in the field tests was only a preliminary decision. As mentioned earlier, the tools needed to meet the security requirements of the district administration. Here, Nokia smartphones have been successful thanks to HMD Global’s promise of security patches related to the Android One program. To meet the requirements of the program, devices must receive monthly security updates for three years with two updates to the Android operating system.

    This commitment provided another argument in favour of Nokia smartphones. Dußmann said, “As a public sector organisation, we are obliged to be as economical as possible with taxpayers’ money. Saving costs is one reason why we want to use the devices longer.” However, this is only possible if the smartphones receive security updates for a longer period of time.

    The replacement of the smartphone fleet at the Lörrach Council is nearly completed. There are nearly no support requests from users for the new Nokia smartphones. The IT administrator considers this a good sign that the users, who are also allowed to use their smartphones privately outside of working hours, are having no issues with the new hardware and software.“For IT, a good device is one that we never see again after the rollout,” said Dußmann. He added: “The Nokia devices’ very good user guides in German, which users can access online, contribute to their satisfaction.” Dußmann also credits the low number of queries to the roll-out, which he handles in a personal way: *“There are many users in our organisation, who appreciate a device being set up completely before being taken into use. We want and need to offer them a helping hand,”* he explained.

    __All in all, the IT administrator is extremely satisfied with the renewal of the smartphone fleet of the Lörrach Council. “We are happy with the choice of Nokia smartphones,” he concluded.


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