Wireless network equipment manufacturer Nokia Network’s Chennai factory has achieved a major milestone of producing 2 million telecommunication components after nearly seven years of operation. The manufacturing plant which faced ill-famed tax issue last year has defined its involvement in the growth of Chennai consequently India as a telecommunication component manufacturing hub. Currently, the factory has a workforce of 1,200 employees and is undoubtedly the largest manufacturing facility in the Indian telecommunications equipment manufacturing sector, also Nokia Network’s South Asia’s core of operations.
Out of the 2 million components, one quarter have been used in 4G technology and the factory is capable of manufacturing 5G technology components too.
“We have been making equipments for 4G for quite some time here. The commercial implementation of the 5G is expected to be in 2018. Where the 5G network equipments would be made would be decided later,” Satendra Singh, head of manufacturing operations, India.
Nokia Corporation had announced that it was in talks with Alcatel Lucent to acquire it and outspread its intentions to re-establish itself again in mobile phone market. Nokia Networks has achieved this milestone in the same year when Nokia is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Vice President of Nokia Networks in India, Sandeep Girotra has also supported Indian government’s campaign to promote manufacturing goods in India under the banner of ‘Make in India’. He said that Nokia will provide operators with mobile broadband equipment and supporting India’s transformation into a manufacturing destination.
“We are proud to have reached the two million milestone in our Chennai Factory. It is a great testimony to India’s potential in electronic manufacturing, and the company is a key pioneer supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ vision,” said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Market at Nokia Networks.