Motorola to assemble GSM phones in India

New Delhi, Nov 16 | Updated: Nov 17 2005, 06:21am hrs
Global telecom equipment major Motorola announced on Wednesday that it will start assembling GSM mobile phones in India. Motorola, however, said that the assembly unit in India will be set up in collaboration with a partner -- an MNC, with a base in India.

Other handset manufacturers who have announced plans to assemble mobile phones in India are: Finland's Elcoteq Network Corp will make 6 million handsets for Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

Besides, LG and Nokia have also announced plans to make handsets in India. As part of the plans, one of its mobile handsets C115 will be assembled locally.

"Assembly in India is the first step in a multi-phased manufacturing strategy by the company," Allen Burnes, corporate vice-president, Motorola device business, said.

The company said it will be visiting various Indian states to finalise a location for the plant and will put everything on paper by December end.