Nokia India Ltd

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Nokia India Backgrounder

Nokia has played a pioneering role in the growth of cellular technology in India, starting with the first-ever cellular call a decade ago, made on a Nokia mobile phone over a Nokia-deployed network.

Nokia started its India operations in 1995, and presently operates out of offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The Indian operations comprise of the handsets business, R&D facilities in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai and a manufacturing plant in Chennai. The handset business is supported by a team of professionals across 3 business groups namely Mobile Phones, Multimedia and Enterprise solutions.

Mobile phones

Nokia has established itself as the market and brand leader in the mobile devices market in India. The company has built a diverse product portfolio to meet the needs of different consumer segments, ranging from entry level phones for first time subscribers to advanced business devices and high performance multimedia devices for imaging, music and gaming.

India is a very important country for Nokia and is amongst the top three markets for it globally. Nokia has been working closely with operators in India to increase geographical coverage and lower the total cost of ownership for consumers. The company has also launched seven Nokia ‘Concept stores’ in Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Chennai to provide customers a complete experiential mobile experience.

Infrastructure business
In the infrastructure business, Nokia Networks has made significant progress in realizing business opportunities and increasing its market share in India. Nokia Networks is now a key supplier to all the top five GSM operators including Bharti, BSNL, Hutchison, IDEA and BPL.

Nokia has also set-up its Global Networks Solutions Center in Chennai, India. The Solutions Center performs network operation tasks for selected operator customers in the Asia Pacific region as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

R & D centers
Nokia has three research & development centers in India, based in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. These R&D hubs are staffed by engineers, who work on next-generation packet-switched mobile technologies and communications solutions to enhance corporate productivity.

Manufacturing in India
Nokia has set up its 10h mobile device manufacturing facility in Chennai (15th manufacturing facility globally including mobile devices and network devices), India to meet the burgeoning demand for mobile devices and network infrastructure in the country. This makes Nokia the only equipment vendor to manufacture both mobile devices and network infrastructure in the country. The manufacturing facility is operational with an investment of USD 150 million announced in March 2006 and currently employs 4100 people.

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