Nokia Siemens Networks, Wipro sign R&D pact in Germany

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Wipro Technologies, the global IT arm of Wipro Ltd today signed a business transfer and asset sale of NSN radio access related research and development (R&D) activities in Berlin.

''All Radio Access R&D activities currently performed in Berlin are planned to be provided to Nokia Siemens Networks by Wipro Technologies in the future,'' said a statement.

As part of the partnership, 58 employees of Nokia Siemens Networks are planned to be fully integrated into the operations of Wipro Technologies.

''This partnership will further strengthen Wipro's capabilities and R&D services in the third-generation 3G. This will enhance Wipro's offerings across the wireless network including access, core and service infrastructure,'' said Ramesh Emani, President, Telecom and Product Engineering Solutions adding that the agreement is a key milestone in Wipro's significant relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks while enhancing their presence in Europe.

The agreement will allow the company to realise greater flexibility and improve cost management and enable leveraging of the expertise of the R&D partners. Wipro has been focusing significantly in competency development for next generation radio access technologies.

NSN is already in process of appropriate consultation process with the respective bodies of the employee representatives about the terms and conditions of the transfer, in accordance with German labour law and local legal practices.

UNI

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