Orange Opens UK "Technocentre" R&D Base

Orange is all set to launch a UK-based research and development facility to rev up its offerings in mobile and broadband services in the upcoming New Year.

The new R&D facility, dubbed as “Technocentre”, will be launched on 5th January, and it will watch over the effective development of products and services for the company.

The centre will employ a staff of 80 people, including engineers, marketing specialists, and researchers in Bristol and London, and will be designed to carry out intense market research to suggest the most suitable range of products and services, for both UK customers and overseas customers.

The Technocentre will collaborate with its existing Orange Labs R&D, which currently runs in 19 countries with staff strength of around 5,000, and it is said to kick-start the production of new services and products in the second half of 2009.

The prime objective of the new R&D facility is to “recognise changing trends in industry, culture, and customer behaviour”, the company added.

Orange’s Technocentres outside UK have been responsible for developing a number of products, including Home 3D TV, the world’s first ever electronic newspaper, IP telephony, life-sized video-calling screens, and text-to-voice services designed for individuals with sensory disabilities.

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