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Nokia to set up global network solution centre in Chennai

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Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, with Mr Bosco Novak, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Services Networks, Nokia, at a joint press conference in the Capital on Friday. — Kamal Narang

New Delhi , Dec. 16

MOBILE phone company, Nokia on Friday announced the setting up of its global network solution centre in Chennai. The centre will be operational in the first quarter of next year with 100 professionals.

The centre, which will provide services to its managed networks in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa, would also serve Nokia's 3G customers outside India.

While the company did not disclose the exact amount of investment in the facility, it said it would be in addition to the investment in the manufacturing plant to be set up in Chennai.

The announcement was made in New Delhi by Mr Bosco Novak, Senior Vice-President for Services, Networks, Nokia, at a special ceremony hosted by Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

"This centre will play a key role for us in our drive to ease the cost pressures that our clients are feeling. This investment manifests our position as innovation leader in our industry.

With its wealth of skilled people and leading technology know-how, India is a very important market for Nokia and we're pleased to expand our presence here," said Mr Novak.

"We are very happy to see a world leader like Nokia extend its already considerable commitment to India, and look forward to deepening our ties in the years to come. This investment reaffirms India's position as the country of choice for expanding global telecommunications companies," said Mr Maran.

Nokia has contracted managed services with 35 clients in 28 countries, and has provided operating services for over 20 operators globally, helping them with the day-to-day tasks of running their networks so they can focus on bolstering their business offerings.

Nokia's India operations include networks and terminals sales divisions and three research and development facilities.

A manufacturing facility for mobile devices and GSM infrastructure is set to open in Chennai in the first half of 2006.

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