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MediaTek to conduct smartphone design training program

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Mobile chipmaker MediaTek has announced a Smartphone Design-Training program in partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Indian Cellular Association (ICA), and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan (MOEA).

The program will select 50 professionals with at least 5 years of R&D experience in electronics and train them in design project management. Overall the program will last for 75 days, and is expected to start later this year. Interestingly, a Reuters report mentions that the company is also looking to triple its workforce in India to 1,500 to expand its research & software development and customer service operations.

Note that in 2014, MediaTek said it would invest $200 million in India for R&D projects. At the time, the company launched a new R&D facility in Bangalore, its second facility after the one in Noida. The Bangalore centre would focus on creating affordable design solution for emerging technologies like LTE for the mid range market.

MediaTek has been looking diversify its portfolio in the country beyond mobile hardware and looking to develop products in home entertainment and connectivity segments. The chipmaker currently manufactures processors for a majority of the Indian smartphone makers including, Lava, Xolo, Karbonn and Micromax among others.

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In August, MediaTek invested $60 million in Paytm, as a part of the latter’s plan to raise $300 million. Payments company and mobile wallet MobiKwik also raised funding from MediaTek during its $50 million funding round, with participation from other investors. In India, MediaTek has also tied up with players like Aircel and Micromax to offer data-bundled services. Lava Mobile Gionee and others to preload Maxthon Browser on Android devices, and Twitter to bring the platform to feature phones.

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