Nokia Canada is a major supplier to Canada’s leading telecommunication carriers
Nokia plans to transform its Ottawa, Canada, facility into a research and development hub, focusing on information and communications technology (ICT) and cyber security.
Between 2023 and 2027, Nokia Canada intends to invest $248 million in labs and equipment, staff, and operating expenditures.
The Canadian government is finalizing plans to offer up to $29 million through its Strategic Innovation Fund. The Ontario government will provide $22 million to the project through Invest Ontario. In addition, the City of Ottawa will contribute $1.5 million in capital through Hydro Ottawa.
Construction of Nokia Canada’s present 26-acre campus will begin in 2023, with the new facility expected to open in 2026. The new R&D centre will be part of a larger mixed-use development that will also include housing and businesses.
Nokia Canada aims to add around 340 new jobs to its existing 2,000 employees in Ontario
Pekka Lundmark, president, and CEO of Nokia stated: “Nokia is helping to drive Canada’s tech leadership. This world-class, sustainable R&D hub will be one of Nokia’s most dynamic developments.”
Nokia Canada is a key supplier of 5G radio and core technology, fiber-to-the-home, IP-routing, optical networks, cyber security, submarine cable, and network management software to Canada’s top telecommunications operators.
Nokia’s target of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 will be supported by the new Ottawa site. Water-side heat recovery, air-side heat, and energy recovery, water-side free cooling, and rainwater harvesting will all be available at the plant.
“Today’s news underlines Nokia’s commitment to the Canadian market, where we have invested $1.4 billion in R&D over the last five years,” said Jeffrey Maddox, president of Nokia Canada. Nokia’s R&D cluster will produce entirely new Canadian intellectual property and bring to market cutting-edge advanced telecommunications and cyber security technologies.”