Good News from Wed, 27 July, 2011:

Nokia Siemens Networks to set up Smart Lab in Skolkovo

Nokia Siemens Networks and the Russian non-profit Skolkovo Foundation have agreed to set up a Smart Lab as well as a wider research and development team focused on wireless technologies

The Smart Lab will be located in Skolkovo, while the wireless R&D team – which is currently being assembled by NSN - will be based in both the Sistema-Sarov science park and on Skolkovo Foundation premises in the future.

— The lab will play a crucial role in offering guidance and assistance to start-up companies, helping them streamline and focus their R&D activities, says Viktor Vekselberg, head of the Skolkovo Foundation.

— It will help us create a healthy, sustainable technological ecosystem that we have envisioned.

— We are committed to developing future proof technologies in Russia, added Kristina Trikhonova, head of Nokia Siemens Networks, Russia.

— In particular, we see immense potential in areas such as cloud computing, machine-to-machine and applications for smart devices, and telco and web 2.0 convergence.

NSN’s Smart Lab will collaborate with Russian operators, handset manufacturers, and Internet and handset applications developers across a range of advanced broadband wireless technologies. In addition, the lab will play a key role in the firm’s Russian University Cooperation programme, helping to support the development of public research and educational infrastructure in Skolkovo.