Finnish telecom gear maker said that it has started manufacturing 5G equipment in India. It's Chennai manufacturing plant is making New Radio (NR) based on the 3GPP 5G New Radio Release 15 standard.
The gear maker may also begin manufacturing of IP and Optics product lines in India. "We are currently evaluating this,"Amit Marwah, head of marketing and corporate affairs at Nokia, told ET.
Nokia may explore manufacturing of fixed networks products in India if it sees enough demand coming from Indian telecom operators, Federico Guillen, President - Fixed Networks, Nokia, had previously told ET.
Nokia's Chennai plant is one of the largest telecom equipment manufacturing plant in the country, recently reaching 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.
Sanjay Malik, senior vice president and head of the India Market, at Nokia, said, “This is another big leap towards the‘Make in India’ vision as our factory continues to contribute to the Indian economy and the country’s growing profile as a manufacturing and engineering hub.
Nokia had start manufacturing telecom networks equipments in the country in 2008, and has developed the local supply chain for various components.
"We are now pioneering 5G manufacturing in the country, making India and the world ready for 5G," Malik said.
Data use has grown tremendously over last several years. In India alone, the average consumption was 7.4 GB of data per user per month on mobile devices over mobile networks, placing India ahead of developed markets like the UK, South Korea and France.
This is set to increase significantly in 5G era with billions of connected devices.
"5G NR will support such data consumption by providing significantly more network capacity, higher user throughput and lower latency with increased network reliability," Nokia said.
The Chennai plant recently implemented the first 'Smart Manufacturing application of Industry 4.0 in partnership with state-run telco, BSNL.