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Telstra India launches two Innovation and Capability Centres (ICC) and an Engineering lab to strengthen its innovation capabilities

ICC in Pune and Hyderabad and the lab in Bengaluru will span across over 1 Lakh Sq. feet in total

Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications & technology company, today announced the launch of two new Innovation and Capabilities Centres (ICC) in Pune and Hyderabad and a Network and Product Engineering Lab in Bengaluru.

This is a strategic move that aligns with Telstra’s vision towards harnessing talent, driving excellence in innovation, building future skills, and nurturing new capabilities. These state of the art facilities with a combined size of over 1 Lakh Sq. Ft will become hubs of innovation and will further strengthen Telstra’s efforts to diversify talent acquisition in India.

“At Telstra India, our ambition is to be an epicentre of talent and innovation that drives Telstra’s digitally connected future. Our expansion in India reiterates our commitment to empower an innovative ecosystem by providing relevant opportunities to our people, co-creating with partners to bring alive cutting edge technology and solutions for our businesses and customers,” said N.T. Arunkumar, MD & Country Head (India) and Head of Innovation – Telstra India.

“The two new ICCs in Pune and Hyderabad gives us the ability to strengthen our innovation capabilities by specializing our centres in sub-areas of innovation as we leverage the local talent pool from these locations,” he further added.

Working at Telstra’s Innovation & Capability Centres in India will provide technologists an exciting opportunity of using technology, automation, and innovation to try and solve the world’s biggest technological challenges in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and other new age technologies.

ICC in Hyderabad will act as a hub of specialized high-performance software engineering (HPSE) and will encompass a deep technology consumer software engineering team that will directly innovate for the customers of Telstra. Similarly the Pune centre will have a blend of operations and technology teams who will focus on enhancing Telstra’s existing domain expertise in the telecom business. They will also work on developing application software engineering to enable business process change.

With the launch of its engineering lab in Bengaluru, Telstra becomes one of the first multinational telecom companies to open a Network & Product Engineering Lab in India to accelerate innovation in next-gen mobile technology testing.  The state of the art 8500 Sq. Ft lab will specialize in creating an end-to-end 4G and 5G environment where testing of 4G/5G mobile handsets and IoT devices of various Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will take place. Some of the other focus areas of the lab include testing devices on 5G network in a virtual environment, developing software for smart devices, testing multiple devices among others.

Telstra opened its first ‘Innovation and Capability Centre’ (ICC) in Bengaluru in July 2019 to bring together talented Telstra and partner employees to focus on innovation, experimentation and process improvements.  Two years since the inception of the Bengaluru ICC, the company has employed software network professionals who are part of the futuristic technology innovations at Telstra. The new ICCs in Pune and Hyderabad will be the second and third centres after Bengaluru. Telstra is headquartered in Australia with points of presence across 22 other countries.

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