Reinvented Nokia Committed To Growth In India: Officials

Espoo: Bullish on India, Nokia is ramping up its operations in the country, focusing on its three businesses of network infrastructure, location intelligence and advanced technologies, top executives of the Finnish telecom and IT conglomerate said.

"For us, India is one of Nokia's top 10 high-growth regions. The manufacturing operations, global delivery centers and research and development setups in India reflect Nokia Networks' unwavering focus on the country and enhanced proximity to its customers," Barry French, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Nokia, said.

"India is our largest country of employment. As a company, We are huge in India," French told PTI at Nokia's headquarters on the outskirts of the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

"It is a great operation. We absolutely manufacture in India and we are always looking for opportunities to grow our manufacturing presence. We manufacture for the domestic and export market. This is another example of 'Make in India'," he said.

"We have a history and depth in India that are very hard to match. If you look at 16,000 direct and indirect employees in the country. We have manufacturing, R&D, sales, global service centres in India," he added.

With the closure of transaction to sell Device & Services business to Microsoft at end April 2014, Nokia is a newly energised company focused on building technologies for a connected world, he said on the reinvented Nokia's ambitions plans in India as well as globally.

"We have everything there (in India), so we have a depth and a kind of presence that others find very hard to match," French said.

Nokia has Global Delivery Center (GDC) in Noida near Delhi and Chennai, India's largest telecom manufacturing facility, and Research and Development center in Bangalore.

"Our global services hub, end user service quality focused Service Management Capability Center and a Centralised Solution Support Center (CSSC) are also based in India," Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Region, said.

Regional Customer Operations close to one-third of India's mobile subscribers are carried by networks supplied, installed and managed by Nokia for telecom operators in India.  Ten Indian telecom operators, both public and private are Nokia's customers, he said.

Nokia is one of the leading telecom equipment manufacturing companies in India, he said.

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Source: PTI