Nokia advises enterprise customers to evaluate the scalability of the IoT platform they procure and number of interfaces they will require for successfully adopting IoT in their business. Samar Mittal, vice president – software for India market, Nokia talks to Baishakhi Dutta of ProfitfromIoT.com about their strategies to leverage the large variety of use cases found among Indian customers.
Q. Tell us about Nokia’s ventures in the B2B tech landscape.
A. We have leadership in high performance, end to end networks with the CSPs (Communication Service Providers). We have portfolio ranging from mobile networks, Nokia software, IP routing and optical networks, fixed network, and global services business groups, and are very strong in the 5G’s cycle of investment which covers almost all this portfolio. We have a strong Nokia software business group, which is really developing a lot of innovative solutions across technologies. We are growing business in vertical markets with high-performance enterprise networks and digital automation solutions as well, where we are setting our sights on growth, consistently and significantly outgrowing the market at a global level.
Q. How significant is the Indian market to your business?
A. India has been a very significant growth market for us for more than a couple of decades and we’ve contributed a lot to the market and India as a country. We’re providing the leading LTE technologies to most of the CSPs. We have a workforce of more than 16,000 within the country. One-third of India’s mobile subscribers, one way or the other, are touching the networks provided by Nokia. We are also bringing a lot of business in terms of IP optics & Software. Our presence goes beyond customer operations to manufacturing operations in Chennai, an R&D centre in Bangalore and a GDC (Global Delivery Centre) from where we provide services to global customers. In general, we have 6000 plus people who are developing software and IPR and an innovative solution within India.
Q. Any challenge that you are encountering while doing R&D in India?
A. There is no challenge per se in terms of the talent pool and the innovation that these individuals bring in as a team. A market where there are 1 billion consumers, the use cases and the challenges of scale are different. So, we are learning and developing further both in terms of quality and innovation.
Q. How active are you in the IoT space currently?
A. We have started contributing to the IoT space globally as well as locally. Our IoT innovation enables enterprises to make sense of massive volumes of data produced by the connected IoT system. We support an end-to-end IoT value chain including connectivity, analytics, security and platforms for device management and data collection. Our portfolio consists of advanced analytics and IoT applications, IoT connectivity, IoT platform, IoT security and IoT services – a comprehensive suite of offering relevant in the market depending upon the use-cases and the technology that the IoT platform is required to serve, and overall scale and regulatory requirement. So that’s what we are doing within the suite of IoT, apart from the global experience and local presence.
Q. So, exactly where does Nokia’s Impact IoT platform fit into this portfolio?
A. In the portfolio, it’s part of the Nokia Software business group. With IMPACT, service providers, enterprises and governments can capture more customers, develop new business models, and differentiate their competitive position in the market. IMPACT offers a secure, standards-based, simplified IoT platform on which to build and scale new IoT services.