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Qualcomm to set up R&D centre in India

January 09, 2004 17:26 IST

Betting big on India, the United States-based telecom technology major Qualcomm Inc on Friday said it would open a research and development centre in the country this year to write software for code division multiple access-based technology.

"India is going to be a major source of research and development for Qualcomm and we will have a centre here this year where developers will write software for CDMA-based technology," Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm, told newspersons in New Delhi.

Pointing out there would be "significant" investment as and when the centre opens this year, Jacob said the company was looking at various places and has not yet finalised on any particular area.

The centre could be used for writing software for CDMA-based applications later, he said.

"We are working towards that and we will make a formal announcement. We have just begun to look at recruitment of potential employees for the centre," he said.

He declined to state any initial figure on the number of people to be taken in the centre.

With the CDMA-based phones having made strong inroads into the Indian market through operators like Reliance and Tatas, Qualcomm is upbeat on its growth here.

"In India, we are anticipating CDMA-based telephone usage to be over 20 million by the year-end," Jacob said.

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