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Nokia shifts R&D unit to India site

Posted: 04 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software? mobile? wireless?

Nokia and Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. have completed the transfer of Nokia's adaptation software R&D operations from Bochum, Germany to India.

"No financial transaction was involved. The move represents only the transfer of employees," Sasken said. Thirty-five current employees will continue their software development in India under Sasken's supervision. Earlier reports had Sasken lining up to takeover the unit, which Nokia denied.

"Nokia and Sasken have been successfully cooperating over the recent years, and with this new set up we are further widening the long-term collaboration," said Heikki Heinaro, VP, adaptation software unit, Nokia. A new team is expected to help Sasken strengthen its offerings in areas like Nokia's Series 40 software platform, local connectivity and core software for silicon and hardware access. Edwin Moses, senior VP, Sasken's Handset Solutions group, said the shift would help the company become a global supplier to Nokia.

Sasken, which also develops software for the Symbian mobile operating system, recently became a Nokia S60 licensee.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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