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NEC picks India for mobile network development centre

Veronica C. Silva | March 29, 2012
Local Indian talent will be tapped to develop mobile networking systems.

Japan's NEC Corporation has picked India as the site for its offshore development centre focused on the mobile network. The NEC Mobile Network Excellence Centre (NMEC) will be the first development centre focused on mobile communication system that the Japanese firm will establish in India, the company said.

Chennai, India was chosen because of the availability of local talent, the company said. The company had also earlier decided to produce the PASOLINK series of ultra-compact microwave communication systems in a special economic zone near Chennai, India. By June, the PASOLINK products will begin shipping from Chennai, NEC said.

The centre, which will initially be housed in the existing NEC office in Chennai, will design and develop hardware and software for the PASOLINK series, which is used for mobile backhaul in the global market. By yearend, the centre will be housed in a new office of its own, also in Chennai. 

"NEC will recruit local talent and work closely with Indian development partners in order to create a global development system," said Atsushi Noro, deputy general manager of NEC's Mobile Wireless Network Division. "The establishment of the NMEC in India, one of the world's largest markets, allows NEC to benefit from the global sense and development skills of local engineers, as well as further enhance its development efficiency and time to market. Furthermore, the centre's development and production capabilities will enable NEC to offer competitive products to global markets."

The new NEC centre will be established by next month and will be led by a director, Suresh M. S.


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