Ericsson recently outlined plans to open a 5G research and development center in France. The aim of this center is to facilitate the development of 5G software. It will also take advantage of future commercial launch opportunities in Europe this year. Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei are the major 5G players in the industry.
In a statement, the Swedish company stated that “customer proximity is particularly important” as 5G rolls out. The new plant will employ 300 people and will open in the coming months. An office will initially be set up at the Ericsson plant on the outskirts of Paris. Ericsson’s latest move is to invest $52.5 million in its 25,000 square meter factory in Estonia.
The company currently has 18 R & D centers in Europe. It has centers in Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Sweden, with a total of 15,000 engineers. This represents 60% of Ericsson’s global R & D team.
“We recognize the economic and technological importance of the French market and its influence in Europe,” said Fredrik Jejdling, the company’s executive vice president and network director. “France’s rich technology ecosystem systems and key capabilities will help build 5G with a strong R & D force in the country. “