Kyocera to position Bangalore as Global R

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Bangalore, Jan 18(UNI) Kyocera, a global supplier of telecom equipment and engineering solutions, will position Kyocera Wireless India's (KWI) facility here among its Global Centres for Innovation in Product Design and R&D, a top company official today said.

Speaking to the press here, Kyocera Wireless Corporation President Rodney N Lathorne said KWI had established itself as a product development company by engineering a complete phone from India within 30 months contributing immensely to the company's enhanced product road map.

The Bangalore Centre, one of the company's three global facilities for product development, had helped register 38 new product patents since its inception from 2003.

Mr Lathorne said the Bangalore Centre was playing a key role in the development of industry-leading technologies including near-field communications, biometric-sensor integrated solutions for m-commerce, dual-mode handsets that switch seamlessly between WiFi and CDMA Networks and a commercial wireless boradband network system beyond3G.

The company plans to strengthen its talent base by adding 300 more professionals from the present 380 by the end of 2008, he added.

Acknowledging India's 'great technical competence and 'tremendous talent pool' to help power company's global vision, Mr Lanthorne said ''we will leverage this potential and continue to deliver pioneering solutions in emerging communication technologies. ''Some of the contributions of the Bangalore Centre include CDMA phones for North America and Japanese Markets and dual-mode phones, where a handset will seamlessly work through CDMA and Wi-Fi Networks.

The 1.3 trillion Yen Kyocera accounts for about 25 per cent market share for CDMA mobile handsets in United States and about 40 per cent in Japan and South Korea, he claimed.

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