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Nokia’s new facility in India will be focusing on next-generation technologies – cloud, ‘big data’ analytics, and development of Voice over LTE.

Expanding its research and development centre in Bengaluru, Finland’s telecom equipment maker Nokia said that it is now focusing on developing next generation technologies – like the 5G mobile network technology in India.

Fifth generation or 5G mobile networks – the next telecommunication standard developed by global telcos – is likely to replace the current 4G network in India by 2020. After the next generation teleco standard rolls out in the country, users will be able to make voice, data or video traffic at higher speed through faster bandwidth.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Rupa Santosh – the head of Nokia’s R&D centre in India – said, “We are increasing staffing at our R&D centre in Bengaluru in 2018 to focus on next-generation technologies spanning 5G mobile network architecture, Voice over LTE (Long-Term Evolution or a a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals), cloud and big data analytics.”

“We are already doing collaborate research in 5G mobile network architecture with 14 industrial and academic partners in the European Union,” she added.

Priyank Kharge, Minister of State, IT, BT and Tourism inaugurated Nokia’s new state-of-the-art facility at Manyata Embassy Park in Bengaluru on the R&D centre’s Innovation Day on Wednesday. The new facility will be focusing on next-generation technologies – cloud, ‘big data’ analytics, development of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and applications, as well as next-generation core and 5G.

With more the 6000 current employees at the Bengaluru centre – which is one of the company’s  four global R&D sites, the company assured to rise the numbers in 2018. However, Nokia has not yet disclosed how many more employees it will hire next year.

“We have also set up a dedicated 5G/IoT lab here to work on applications for smart cities and public safety, real-time city surveillance and smart parking,” said Rupa Santosh.

Presently, Nokia is associated with telecom service providers – Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) – to transform their networks for the fifth generation technologies in the near future.

“The Bengaluru research centre will also allow Indian and global service providers to leverage our technology and develop capabilities for next-technologies,” said Santosh.

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