Ericsson has been associated with the Indian telecom industry for over 110 years. Our customer base pans across all the major operators in the region. Our partnership with India began in 1903, when we supplied manual switchboards to the Government of India. Since then, we have powered virtually every facet of telecommunications in India, across Mobile broadband, Managed Services and more recently in new areas like Media, IT and Industries. We have successfully partnered the growth of the country's cellular revolution since 1994, when cellular services were first launched in India.
In line with the Government's "Make in India" initiative a manufacturing facility has been set up in Pune, Maharashtra. This facility in addition to catering to the local needs will cater to markets in South-east Asia, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ericsson Global Services, established in India in 2010,has been set up to manage operator networks across geographies. This strengthens our existing worldwide capabilities in Consulting & Systems Integration Services, Managed Services, IP & Broadband R&D and Revenue Management R&D supporting local, regional and global customers.
Ericsson's R&D facilities in Gurugram, Chennai and Bengaluru focus on value-added applications for the pre-paid, multimedia segments. The Bengaluru R&D Center also works on Ericsson's SmartEdge (SE) and Smart Services Router (SSR) and Software Defined Networks (SDN) product lines.
With over 23,253 resources in India as of March 31st 2017, we have been ranked the top telecom company to work for in the Indian telecom industry by Great Place to Work Institute.