Nokia has announced that it will further strengthen its R&D operations in China and expand its Chengdu R&D Center to carry part of the company’s mobile network infrastructure product development for global and local markets. The expansion will capitalize on the favorable competence base in China, and develop a better alignment with the Chinese mobile communications market, a key global growth driver.

When established in August 2005, the center started as a focused R&D unit for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based communications applications. In order to have more direct responsiveness to emerging customer needs in this market, the company has decided to further expand the center’s scope by engaging in development of systems such as carrier grade platform middleware, WAP gateways for mobile browsing, intelligent packet core subsystems and increasing the multimedia applications development effort.

"The Chinese mobile market is seeing tremendous growth and digital convergence is coming to the mobile mass market in China. The expansion of our Chengdu R&D Center will significantly strengthen our product creation responsiveness to evolving customer requirements in China," stated Jouni Pirhonen, head of the center. "We aim to develop it into one of the major R&D centers for Nokia core networks, developing products for mobile and convergence communications for the global markets."