The Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer Nokia has officially announced that its plant in Chennai, Southern India, has started manufacturing their 5G New Radio (NR) based on the 3GPP 5G New Radio Release 15 standard.
“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 was the first to leverage the skills and capabilities in India and start manufacturing telecom networks equipment in the country in 2008, and develop the local supply chain for various components. We are now pioneering 5G manufacturing in the country, making India and the world ready for 5G,” commented the senior vice president and head of the India Market at Nokia, Sanjay Malik.
Nokia’s factory in Chennai has maintained its position as one of largest and leading plants in the country by reaching the 4 million unit annual production milestone for 2G, 3G and 4G units in October. While the range of telecom equipment manufactured in Chennai is already wide, it will be further expanded with the inclusion of 5G network equipment. Nokia’s plant in India also stands out amongst competitors with their Conscious Factory program, designed to anticipate fast-changing, future manufacturing requirements. In addition, they have implemented the world’s first Smart Manufacturing application of Industry 4.0, using virtual and augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, IoT and other cutting-edge technologies to enhance performance and increase productivity.