Nokia Siemens Networks has unveiled a new facility for the manufacture and distribution of mobile communications infrastructure at Oragadam near Chennai.
The move has been made in an effort to support India’s rapid growth in mobile subscribers and for the purpose the company has decided to invest Indian Rupees (INR) 300 crore (approximately $70 million) in the facility and to generate 400 new jobs.
According to company’s officials, the new Oragadam facility will manufacture Nokia Siemens Networks mobile Base Station Controllers, Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi EDGE BTS, Microwave Radio and Access line-card products, as well as other telecom equipment.
According to Simon Beresford Wylie, the CEO at Nokia Siemens Networks , the operations in India are a prime example of how the company can build on its existing leadership with prudent, customer focused investments. This additional facility epitomizes the company’s global strategy to build a responsible, customer focused business due to its proximity to the local market, which improves their responsiveness and reduces the carbon footprint of new network deployments.
“It gives us immense pleasure to welcome Nokia Siemens Networks to the state of Tamil Nadu,” said Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, KM Karunanidhi, who believes the company is not only creating more opportunities for local talent, but also strengthening Oragadam’s position as a globally viable manufacturing hub, which is the mission.
Minister of Telecom, Government of India, Thiru. A Raja, congratulated Nokia Siemens Networks on the inauguration of its new facility. He finds this to be an important development in more ways than one and observed that the significant investment is another sign that India’s position in the global ICT industry is strengthening, and it provides an indication to the next wave of growth driven by the increased domestic consumption of ICT services.
Nokia Siemens Networks has scheduled the first deliveries of Radio Access products manufactured and distributed from the site to customers in India for later this month.
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