Lucent Technologies announced yesterday that it is strengthening its commitment to research and development in China by investing approximately US$50 million to enhance its existing R&D capabilities in the country.
The increase in resources will focus on R&D projects primarily supporting the development of third-generation (3G) spread-spectrum mobile communications technologies including Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) networks, also known as Wideband-CDMA.
‘Our R&D organisation in China has been responsible for many key technical accomplishments, and this was a determining factor in our decision to increase our investment in China,’ said Mary Chan, president of global wireless research and development for Lucent’s Mobility Solutions Group.
The new investments will not only support Lucent Technologies’ activities in China, but globally as well. ‘This investment reflects the increased importance of Lucent China in the overall worldwide strategy of Lucent Technologies,’ said Jim Brewington, President of Lucent’s Mobility Solutions Group.
‘We increasingly rely on our teams in China to take on key responsibilities for aspects of our business operations including R&D, procurement and manufacturing. In the process, we also are actively developing local talent for future leadership positions,’ added Brewington.
Bell Labs China has already established R&D centres across the country, and the Bell Labs research organisation in Beijing has established six joint labs with academic organisations such as the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University.