Nokia announced the expansion of its Bengaluru research and development center to focus on upcoming technologies, including 5G, big data analytics, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and applications. 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. Nokia hopes to employ a significant number of new employees in 2018. The new facility inaugurated by Priyank Kharge, Minister of State, IT, BT and Tourism during annual innovation day
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 several Indian service providers, including Bharti Airtel and BSNL, to help them make a smooth transition to 5G. This center will further allow Indian and global service providers to leverage Nokia’s technology leadership and develop capabilities for upcoming technologies.