Nokia Siemens Networks today commenced manufacture of 3G products locally at its Chennai facility and announced nvestments of Rs 105 crore over the next two years.
With this move, Nokia Siemens Networks has become the first Telecommunication infrastructure vendor to manufacture 3G products locally, company officials said.
The first batch of 3G enabled 'base stations' from the facility were rolled out from the facility recently,the firm's Operations-Head Herbert Merz said at the inauguration of 3G equipment manufacturing at their Oragadam facility, near here.
The company in June 2008 entered into a MoU with Tamil Nadu government for setting up a facility at Oragadam at an investment of Rs 300 crore to manufacture 2G communication infrastructure for local and global customers.
The firm would initially manufacture radio frequency modules and system modules, and also ramping up production for both these products in the later half of this year, he said.
With the proposed additional investments, the company would ramp up its existing facility."The products manufactured at the facility are mostly targeted for the domestic market but we also plan to focus on exports from here", he said.
The company had planned to commence production of transport modules and next generation microwave radios from the second half of 2010 as well as increase 3G manufacturing headcount from 75 to 210 by third quarter of 2010, Merz said.
He said the company has set up 3G test labs in the country and has trained 3,200 Indian field engineers to support their 3G roll outs.
Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin inaugurated the process of manufacturing 3G equipment.