Nokia eyes more growth in Kanata as part of EDC partnership

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Nokia says it plans to boost its Kanata presence as part of a new partnership with Export Development Canada.

The Finnish telecom giant says it will continue to grow its March Road R&D facility, which now employs more than 2,300 people, in a bid “to further develop the ecosystem of suppliers and solution partners” in the Canadian tech industry. 

This week, Nokia announced that EDC will provide financing and insurance solutions to its customers under a new three-partnership designed to help companies build out their communications network infrastructure and pave the way for better broadband access. 

The tech powerhouse said the agreement will focus on “introducing innovative Canadian companies to Nokia to help deepen the Canadian supply chain.” 

The firm also says it will work with EDC on efforts to close the gender gap in tech and support indigenous trade campaigns.

“Nokia’s R&D facility in Ottawa has developed technologies that have been incorporated into solutions for 5G, network security, fibre-optic systems and broadband access networks,” Nokia Canada president Jeffrey Maddox said in a statement.

“These technologies, developed in Canada, are now being used by major carriers, governments and enterprises in Canada and globally. With the support of EDC, Nokia will help boost exports of products and technologies developed in Canada by Canadians.”