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500 engineers to support Nokia Siemens Networks global center in Portugal

Sapo opens laboratory at the University of Aveiro

Nokia Siemens Networks opens today in Portugal a global service center. The structure, which is the second of its kind managed by the joint venture worldwide, comprises a global network operations center and a global assistance center and will initially employ 170 engineers. By 2010 the expectation is that the center will grow to 500 engineers, predicts Carlos Zorrinho, coordinator of the Technological Plan in declarations to Lusa.

Alongside the existing center in India, the Portuguese center will provide telecommunications services in outsourcing and will have Portuguese and foreign telecommunications operators as its main clients, the Plano Tecnológico office told the news agency.

Carlos Zorrinho, argues that Nokia Siemens’ new investment in Portugal is a sign of the country’s ability to assert itself as an investment destination for service and information technology companies and reveals the existence of good infrastructure, favorable environment and capital human.

It is recalled that Nokia Siemens in May had already announced the opening of an innovation center in Portugal, located in Aveiro and benefiting from a partnership with the University of the district. Before entering into the partnership with Nokia, Siemens also made Portugal a haven for its R&D activities with four innovation centers operating in Alfragide. The last one opened last year and brought an investment of 23 million euros to the country.

In total, the four centers already maintained by Siemens in Alfragide employ more than 400 engineers.

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