In the last six years, the research and development centre of Alcatel-Lucent in Chennai has filed nearly 75 patents on various technologies. This is nearly half of the total patents filed by the company out of India, according to a senior company official. For the French company, Chennai currently has global R&D ownership in major product lines, including fixed access element management system, said Mr Munish Seth, President and Managing Director, India Regional Unit, Alcatel-Lucent India Ltd. India is a major hub for Alcatel-Lucent’s global R&D ecosystem.
The India centre has over 3,000 engineers and scientists located in four locations – Chennai, Gurgaon, Noida and Bangalore - he told newspersons at its new location in the city. The company has consolidated all of its centres in Chennai. It has moved to a new 60,000 sq ft central location on the Old Mahabalipuram Road. This centre was inaugurated by Mr Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State, Communications and Information Technology. The centre has a capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 engineers while the current capacity is around 800.