Kyocera to position Bangalore among top R&D centers

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 25 January 2008, 12:26 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Bangalore: U.S. based Kyocera, plans to place Bangalore among its global centers for innovation in product design and Research and Development (R&D). The company specializes in production of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) mobile phones for telecommunication sector.

The Kyocera Wireless India (KWI), the Bangalore facility of Kyocera will increase its contribution to Kyocera's global business.

KWI intends to ramp up its operations to support Kyocera's expanding technology portfolio, product complexity and new requirements in the wireless sector.

Started back in 2003 with 30 staff, currently the company plans to add 300 more employees by the end of 2008.

"KWI established its prowess as a product development company by engineering a complete phone from India within 30 months of its inception," said Rodney N Lanthorne, President and Chairman of the Board, Kyocera Wireless.

According to Lanthorne, the Bangalore center is playing a key role in the development of industry-leading technologies, including near-field communications (NFC), biometric-sensor integrated solutions for mobile commerce (m-commerce), dual-mode handsets that switch seamlessly between WiFi and CDMA networks, and a commercial wireless broadband network system beyond 3G, he added.

The company has two other R&D centers in Yokohama, Japan and San Diego in the U.S.

"We are also working on base-station and mobile station development for next-generation wireless broadband technologies beyond 3G, such as iBurst, PHS and WiMax are also being developed here," said Samartha Raghava Nagabhushanam, MD, KWI. The company is also developing CDMA handsets for the North American and Japanese Markets, he added.

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