Mobile phone leader Nokia has opened its first satellite
design studio in Bangalore, signalling the growing importance
of the Indian market.
studio will be run by a team of Nokia designers working
with students at the Srishti School of Art, Design and
Technology and established designers across India.
Nokia, the world''s biggest mobile handset maker, said
the studio, the company''s first anywhere in the world,
will explore a range of design trends and themes, including
detailed research into colour and material trends in
will also study use of mobiles for internet in India
and its implications for design, and examine innovative
new features and uses for mobiles.
satellite studio will work on new design ideas for India
as well as the global markets. It will also be a key
destination for Nokia''s global team to visit to share
ideas and be inspired, company officials told a press
has more than 300 designers globally. It did not disclose
financial details of the Indian design facility.
said it expects India, the world''s fastest-growing mobile
market, to jump up one place and become its second-largest
market by volume by 2010, or even sooner.
had shipped 25 million handsets as of December 2006
from its factory near Chennai in southern India, with
80 per cent of production sold in the domestic market.