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Nokia’s Factory in Chennai Starts Manufacturing of 5G Radio Equipment

According to Malik, the standardisation of 5G technology will be ready by the first quarter of the next year

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Nokia manufacturing unit in Chennai has started manufacturing 5G radio equipment called base stations, the company announced on Thursday.

One of the largest telecom equipment manufacturing plants in the country, the plant recently hit the 4 million unit annual production milestone of 2G, 3G and 4G units.

It serves both domestic as well as global customers, shipping to over 100 countries.

“Nokia was the first to leverage the skills and capabilities in India and start manufacturing telecom networks equipments in the country in 2008. We are now pioneering 5G manufacturing in the country, making India and the world ready for 5G.” said Sanjay Malik, Senior Vice President and Head of the India Market at Nokia.

Nokia’s Chennai factory produces a range of telecom equipment across technologies, and now will include 5G gear in its shipment as network deployments start.

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It serves both domestic as well as global customers, shipping to over 100 countries. Pixabay

Public sector telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) this month signed a MoU with Nokia Solutions and Networks India Pvt Ltd for Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is the next level of automation in manufacturing where machines become smart, share data and includes Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

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Nokia Solutions has already started shipping out 5G ready telecom equipment out of its facility near here to the US, Asia Pacific, Europe and other places.

According to Malik, the standardisation of 5G technology will be ready by the first quarter of the next year. (IANS)

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Need to be Here in the Game for Long-term: Nokia

"It is a phone that will last, and it is also affordable with a dedicated Google Assistant button," Mehta said

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Old Nokia mobile phones are placed on a shelf inside of a private museum of phones in Dobsina, Slovakia
Old Nokia mobile phones are placed on a shelf inside of a private museum of phones in Dobsina, Slovakia. VOA

HMD Global, which makes and markets the iconic Nokia brand of mobile handsets, on Thursday said that it was in the game for the long-term.

“We had a good 2018 but there’s still lot of work to be done. We still need to grow and we’re in it for the long-term. We’re building the foundation of the Nokia brand and we’ll continue to launch devices and offer experiences to our consumers,” Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global, told IANS in an interview.

“And we’ll continue to increase our share in the market,” said Mehta.

In 2016, HMD Global got the licence to sell Nokia-branded devices for the next 10 years.

The handset-maker launched more than 10 smartphones in India placed across Rs 5,000-Rs 25,000 price segment in 2018 and has followed the Android One route by partnering closely with Google.

Being part of the Android One programme means the devices will have the latest Android version and regular security updates.

Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
Headquarter of Nokia. Wikimdedia Commons

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Nokia 1 was the leading handset in sub $75 segment in the second quarter of 2018.

“If you see closely, 70-80 per cent of our phones were launched in the Rs 5,000-Rs 20,000 price segment in India. We saw the maximum engagement and the maximum results between Rs 8,000-Rs 15,000 price bracket in the country.. that’s the price band that worked for us well,” emphasised Mehta.

However, unlike smartphones, Nokia-branded feature phones are a hit in the Indian market.

“We’ve been continuously growing in the feature phone market. Nokia 130, Nokia 150 and Nokia 3310 continue to fire very well for us. Nokia 105, which was at a comparatively lower price point, sold higher volumes,” he said.

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The handset maker is also working to localise its manufacturing “as much as possible”. The Finland-based firm currently assembles Nokia-branded devices at a Foxconn plant close to Chennai.

The company unveiled its budget Nokia 2.2 in India on Thursday under an offer price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB+16GB storage variant and Rs 7,999 for 3GB+32GB storage variant.

“It is a phone that will last, and it is also affordable with a dedicated Google Assistant button,” Mehta said. (IANS)