Nokia’s ‘smart’ manufacturing unit in Chennai has started manufacturing 5G New Radio (NR) equipment based on the 3GPP’s Release 15 standard.
Nokia says the Chennai plant is one of the largest telecom equipment manufacturing plants in the country, producing 4 million 2G, 3G and 4G units annually. It serves both domestic as well as global customers, shipping to over 100 countries. The Chennai factory will now include 5G gear in its shipments as network deployments start.
Nokia also says the Chennai plant recently implemented the first ‘real-world’ smart manufacturing application of Industry 4.0 in India, leveraging solutions such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), connected robotics, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and IoT to enhance operations and increase productivity.
The plant is equipped with surface mounting technology, with a capacity of 12.8 billion components every year, 3D automated optical inspection and X-Ray inspection capability.
All of this was designed as part of Nokia’s ‘Conscious Supply Network’ concept, which aims to leverage digitalization, analytics, and robotics across the overall supply chain.
Sanjay Malik, senior vice president and head of the India Market at Nokia, hailed the plant as a significant contributor to the Indian government’s `Make in India’ program to promote domestic manufacturing.