Nokia on Wednesday expanded its existing R&D center in Bengaluru to speed up its research work on new technologies including cloud, next generation core and 5G. The new facility was inaugurated by Priyank Kharge, Minister of State, IT, BT and Tourism during the company’s annual innovation day.
The new facility will carry out research in areas including the cloud, ‘big data’ analytics, development of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and applications, as well as next-generation core and 5G. The center, one of Nokia’s four global R&D sites, currently employs more than 6,000 engineers, with that number to rise in 2018. The new R&D center will increase staffing in 2018.
The Innovation Day is an annual event that brings together Nokia’s ecosystem partners – including customers, government, universities and start-ups – to witness demonstrations of the latest innovations. Nokia established a dedicated 5G/IoT lab in Bengaluru last year to work on applications for smart cities and public safety, as well as a number of IoT use cases including real-time city surveillance, smart parking
Rupa Santosh, head of the technology center, said: “The expansion of our presence in India is a testimony to our deep commitment to harness the enormous potential of local talent for research and development. The center will provide a huge opportunity for bright engineers to work on upcoming technologies which will change the way we live and work.”
Nokia is already working with Indian service providers including Bharti Airtel and BSNL to help them transform their networks for 5G. This center will further allow Indian and global service providers to leverage Nokia’s technology leadership and develop capabilities for future technologies.