Telecom network maker Ericsson will set up a R&D site in France with up to 300 employees in a bid to enhance 5G business in Europe.
Ericsson in September 2019 completed SEK 500 million investment at its factory in Tallinn, Estonia, targeting the European market.
Ericsson currently employs 15,000 engineers in Europe: 60 percent of its total R&D staff. The Sweden-based telecom equipment company has 18 R&D centers in Europe including Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Sweden.
This site in France will focus initially on 5G software development and security, benefitting the global 5G ecosystem and leveraging on its collaboration with French customers.
Ericsson will open the new R&D site in early 2020 and will increase its R&D presence to up to 300 employees. An initial unit will be established at Ericsson’s offices in Massy, France, part of Paris-Saclay, one of Europe’s largest innovation zones.
Fredrik Jejdling, head of Networks, Ericsson, said: “The rich technology ecosystem and key competencies that are present in France are conducive to building 5G through a strong R&D presence in the country.”