Nokia sets up CDMA R&D facility in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 28 April 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: Demonstrating its commitment to the growing CDMA market in Asia Pacific, Nokia has announced the establishment of a new CDMA R&D facility in Mumbai.

Primarily focused on providing software support and technical expertise in CDMA technology, the new R&D facility will leverage Nokia's existing global CDMA competences to build a team of local talent specialising on the CDMA protocol. In addition to catering to the unique market and operator-specific needs in India and other key CDMA markets in Asia Pacific, the facility will also expand Nokia's global research network and create new platforms for technology transfer and local talent development. Located in Navi Mumbai, the R&D facility is expected to be fully operational in June this year.

"Nokia views Asia Pacific as an important region for Nokia's CDMA operations. The creation of a new CDMA R&D facility in India is part of the continuous expansion of Nokia's global efforts to grow and invest in the CDMA business in this region. We are also constantly looking at opportunities to expand our R&D activities to include markets outside the US. The establishment of such a facility in India testifies to our long-term commitment to this region," said Soren Petersen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CDMA Business Unit, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

Reiterating Nokia's commitment to the growing CDMA market in India, Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, Nokia Customer and Market Operations, India said, "India is one of the fastest growing cellular markets in the world. With the rapid growth of Nokia's CDMA customer base in India and the region, our R&D facility in Mumbai will help us provide centralised software support and technical expertise to cater to the specific market needs in India and this region."

Globally, Nokia has R&D centres in 11 countries. Research & Development is paramount in realising Nokia's vision of 'Life Goes Mobile' and retaining its leadership role in mobile communications. In 2003, nearly 20,000 employees - almost 40% of Nokia's total personnel - worked in the area of research and development.

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