has announced that it will establish a high-end base station controller
manufacturing unit in Chennai, India. The new unit will further emphasise
Nokia''s end-to-end position and strength both globally and in India, as
well as the company''s end-to-end commitment to India.
is confident of India''s skilled labour force''s ability to handle the manufacturing
of high-end network infrastructure elements, such as base station controllers.
Chennai was a natural choice for us as we are already establishing a production
facility there," said Simon Beresford-Wylie, executive vice president
and general manager, Networks, Nokia.
April, Nokia had announced plans to set up a mobile device production facility
in Chennai. base station controller production will begin at the same time
with terminal production, during the first half of 2006. With this, Nokia
becomes the only telecom vendor in India to manufacture both network infrastructure
and terminals in the country.
announcement comes in the wake of fast expansion of networks in the Indian
market based on aggressive plans of all the GSM service providers over the
next few years. In India, Nokia Networks is a leading GSM infrastructure
equipment supplier and supplies to all of the top five GSM operators in
is already amongst the top five telecom markets in the world and is set
to reach the third position in the next few years. In order to sustain this
growth, rapid expansion of mobile networks will be essential. Nokia''s investment
in local base station controller manufacturing aims to meet this requirement
and reiterates its long standing commitment to India," said Beresford-Wylie.
Station Controller manufacturing is high end and complex and will allow
us to tap into the talented engineering pool in India, in addition to creating
additional employment," he added.
Nokia''s operations in India now include three R&D facilities and an
upcoming manufacturing facility in Chennai that will produce both terminals
and GSM infrastructure equipment. The end-to-end operations strengthen Nokia''s
complete solution offering and uniquely
position it to work with Indian operators to reduce time to market for both
network equipment and terminals and achieve the Government''s target of 200
million mobile subscribers by 2008.