Tokyo: Japan’s largest telecom company NTT DoCoMo, which has 26% stake in Tata Teleservices, is open to the possibility of setting up a research and development centre in India, a company official said on Wednesday.
“A large part of the company’s Indian strategy hinges on success of value added services. Towards this end, India would be an good location for setting such a centre when the need arises,” said Toshinari Kunieda, senior vice president and managing director of Global Business Division.
TTSL had recently suggested to its Japanese partner to look at the possibility of setting up a local R&D centre to strengthen the VAS application customisation and the proposal was taken up favourably by DoCoMo.
“We don’t look at nationality (while deciding to set up R&D centres). We only look at the strategic fit and business need. If India fits into the larger picture, we will be looking at India,” he said.
As and when that happens, India will undertake major research and design work for the Japanese company as the i-mode service of DoCoMo will need a lot of customisation before it is ready for use by TTSL subscribers.
The company at present has R&D centres in US, China and Germany apart from Japan where it is underatking R&D work on internet technologies.