Telecoms infrastructure specialist Ericsson will invest $1.06 billion to build three global ICT centres over the next five years.
The centres, two of which will be in Sweden and one in Canada, will be located close to Ericsson’s main research and development hubs. They will be the new platform for more than 24,000 Ericsson R&D engineers around the world, supporting their lean and agile ways of working.
The three ICT centres combined will be up to 120,000 square metres, roughly the size of 14 football fields, and will allow teams of experts to collaborate beyond borders more easily and efficiently. The new centres will house the company’s complete portfolio, enabling the R&D organization to develop and verify solutions, creating the foundation for the next generation technology and cloud-based services.
Ericsson’s customers in the Middle East region and across the globe will be able to connect remotely for testing and trials, giving them early access to innovation on new business services in real-time from any location, the company said.
Anders Lindblad, president for Ericsson, region Middle East, said: “Ericsson’s increased investment in R&D is crucial to enable faster innovation in the market and to continue supporting our customers and cater them with the right innovation to bring the Networked Society to life in the Middle East.”
The two ICT Centers in Stockholm and Linköping, Sweden, will begin initial operations from the end of 2013 and from the end of 2014 respectively. The North American ICT Center in Montreal, Canada, will begin operations from early 2015.
Ericsson’s biggest R&D hub, which is in Sweden, has more than 9,000 employees. Other bigger R&D sites are in China, US, Canada and Hungary.