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Ericsson starts Chennai R&D centre

Ericsson commissioned its first R&D facility, which would focus on developing value-added applications for mobile phones.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 17:39 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Swedish Telecom Giant Ericsson on Saturday commissioned its first Research and Development facility here, which would focus on developing value-added applications for the pre-paid and multimedia segments of mobile phones.

The company also set up its global services delivery centre in Chennai to cater to the needs of its global customers.

Inaugurating the centre, Union Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said the facility came within a year of his discussions with Ericsson's top officials.

He said small and medium enterprises from Sweden should also come in a big way to invest in IT sector in India.

The "India One" facility, announced by the centre, was to provide a level playing ground. Ninety per cent of private operators would also fall in line with BSNL and MTNL on India One scheme, when it was implemented by March one, he said.

India One was just a beginning and many more things would come up for the telecom sector's development, he said.

Swedish Ambassador to India Ingo Eriksson Fogh said Ericsson's relationship with India was a century-old and would continue to flourish in the years to come.

She said Swedish medium and small telecom companies had invested Rs 1.1 crore in Indian telecom sector and this would grow in the coming days.

Mats Granryd, Managing director, Ericsson India, said his company planned to invest $100 million in India soon. Ericsson could not be called as a foreign company at all as it was sourcing 98 per cent of materials needed for manufacture in the country itself.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 15:49 IST