Posts Tagged ‘Telecom’

Nokia cuts R&D jobs in India

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Financial Express (27.04.2011) reports that the global mobile handset-maker Nokia would cut “up to 300 jobs in the R&D segment […] in India by the end of 2012”. Qutoing agencies it further states:

Without disclosing finer details, the official said that most of the people working on Symbian would be transferred to Accenture.

Sources said about 800-900 jobs are likely to affected in India in the R&D (Research and Development) segment. Nokia’s India operations has a total workforce of about 10,000. Out of them, around 1,500 employees are in the R&D section.

The Finnish major in a statement today announced plans to align its global workforce and consolidate site operations, which would result in cost reductions 1 billion euro.

Nokia plans to enter into a strategic collaboration with Accenture, whereby it would transfer its Symbian software activities as well as about 3,000 employees to that firm.

“Transitioning employees, located in China, Finland, India, United Kingdom and the United States, will initially work on Symbian software activities for Nokia,” it said.

Source: (Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 1558 hrs IST)

Tech Mahindra opens a new development centre in Bonn, Germany

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Delivering end-to-end Telecom solutions closer to customers

Bonn, 10th March, 2011: Tech Mahindra, India’s leading provider of solutions and services to the telecommunications industry and part of the US $ 8.25 Billion, Mahindra Group, announced the inauguration of its development centre in Bonn, Germany. The state-of-the art facility located in Sirius Business Park, encompasses fully-equipped infrastructure to service clients in Germany as well as Central Europe. Tech Mahindra, providing end-to-end telecom solutions to Telcos globally, has an annual turnover of US$ 976.6 Mn, of which, annual turnover of US$ 976.6 Mn, of which, the contribution of Europe is almost 54%. Within Europe, Germany is the largest revenue contributing country after UK, for Tech Mahindra. The company started its operations in Germany more than 10 years back with offices in Munich and Dusseldorf. Through this strategic move Tech Mahindra plans to further leverage its proven capabilities as a transformation partner and provide an array of business and technology, closer to the customer.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rishi Bhatnagar, AVP-Tech Mahindra said, “As a global player and leader in the Telecommunications domain, we are always keen on strengthening our local front-end capabilities in the region. This development centre will intensify Tech Mahindra’s reach, traction and growth plans within Germany, and enable us to transfer value advantage to our customers. Currently, we have three large engagements in Germany, supporting our Telcos with end-to-end development, Managed Services, large scale legacy outsourcing and transformation among others services. For Tech Mahindra, Europe is a critical market with immense potential and growth.”

The company has a global footprint in 25 countries with 126 clients worldwide. This new facility, equipped with world class infrastructure, will focus on building up localized capabilities to serve Tech Mahindra’s European clientele.

About Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra is a leading provider of solutions and services to the telecommunications industry, part of the US$ 8.25 Billion Mahindra Group, India. With total revenues of US $ 976.6 million for FY0910, Tech Mahindra serves telecom service providers, telecom equipment manufacturers, and software vendors. Tech Mahindra enables clients to maximize return on IT investment by providing solutions which help the clients achieve shorter time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, and high customer satisfaction. Tech Mahindra achieves this through its domain and process expertise, distinctive IT skills, research and development, and proven innovative delivery models. Assessed at SEI-CMMi Level 5, Tech Mahindra is supported by over professionals from across the globe who provide a unique blend of culture, domain expertise and in-depth technology skill-sets.

For more details please contact:
Smriti Dave
Tel. +91 20 6601 8100, Extn.1779
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Source: Company press release

Chinese R&D in India: Secrecy of the Guests and Security Concerns of the Hosts Jeopardize Global Innovations

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Source: The Economic Times, 06.05.2010, p. 2

A Chinese territory inside India

Bharti Jain NEW DELHI

IT’S not without reason that the security agencies continue to eye Huawei with suspicion. For, the Chinese firm’s R&D facility in Bangalore operates with a secrecy so intense that a larger part of its premises are completely out of bounds for Indians.

At Huawei Technologies’ R&D facility in Bangalore, only the ground and first floors are reportedly accessible to Indian staff. The floors beyond can be accessed only by the Chinese executives and managers, a top intelligence official told ET.

Though Chinese form only a minuscule percentage of Huawei India’s staff at the Bangalore facility, it is they who enjoy exclusive and unrestricted access to R&D office’s top floors. There is not much information on what equipment is tested and what goes on in the ‘Chinese-only’ parts of the building. But intelligence agencies have noticed how Chinese employees of Huawei often have an extended stay in Bangalore for months together.

Though attempts were made by security agencies a few months ago to probe the purpose behind these longdrawn business trips by the Chinese staff of Huawei to Bangalore, they were told curtly that the Chinese were staying on to learn and master English!

Things just got murkier… :-)
Huawei India execs take Indian names to be more culturally acceptable“, Economic Times, Mumbai, 10.05.2010

Update (14.05.2010) 

Huawei has reportedly offered to “reveal the source code for its telecommunications systems” to Government of India. The company reportedly also denied that some areas of its R&D centre in Bangalore were off limits to domestic employees.

“The misconception regarding the R&D centre restricting Indian employees to certain floors is false. Huawei employs over 2,000 Indian engineers and just 30 Chinese engineers in the R&D centre in Bangalore, which includes three buildings with a total of nine floors. In all the three buildings, all employees have access to all floors,” the company said.

Source: Economic Times Mumbai; Date: May 14, 2010; Section: Front Page; Page: 1 and 25

Vodafone to bring handset at $16 in India, reports Economic Times

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Source: The Economic Times, 28.04.2010, Mumbai

Vodafone to bring handset at Rs 700
28 Apr 2010, 0008 hrs IST, Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla,TNN

MUMBAI: The race to provide ultra low-cost mobile handsets to consumers in India has moved to the next level, with telecom service providers
competing with mobile handset makers to offer models below Rs 1,000. Leading the way is Vodafone , which is set to launch its Rs 700 ($16) mobile phone in the country. The handset is expected to push the company’s rural agenda.

Even as mobile phone makers like Nokia, Micromax , Fly and Ray are retailing handsets at alluring prices, this is the first time that a telecom service provider has decided to go below the Rs 1,000-mark . Earlier, Nokia retailed a phone at Rs 1,300, and Vodafone had a mobile priced at Rs 1,200.