Qualcomm Plans New 5G R&D Center in France
Qualcomm announced its plan to open a new 5G research and development (R&D) center in France to work on the future evolution of 5G and beyond. The announcement comes after a meeting between Qualcomm’s president and CEO-elect, Cristiano Amon, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, minister delegate for industry in the French Government.
The new internal R&D facility joins Qualcomm’s extensive R&D network and will play a key role in employees driving the development of 5G locally, regionally and globally. The 5G R&D centre builds on the company's strong presence in France, as it has existing facilities both in Paris-Region and Sophia Antipolis for more than 20 years. The new centre will be co-located in Lannion in Brittany and Issy-Les-Moulineaux in the Paris-Region. Lannion is a centre for telecoms engineering excellence and a European technology hub.
“This new centre will serve to further strengthen our R&D capabilities within the European region and help us to remain at the forefront of technology innovation globally. Our new center in France joins our European network of similar facilities. The work done in each of our European R&D facilities has worldwide impact,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice-president and president of Qualcomm Europe.
“France already has a leading technical engineering infrastructure in place, so it is a natural fit for this new 5G R&D hub. The 5G R&D team will be working on advanced systems engineering to help define the future of 5G and beyond, and the new centre is a tremendous opportunity for the individuals involved and for the company,” said John Smee, vice-president of engineering at Qualcomm.