- OnePlus is already manufacturing 5G devices and exporting to overseas markets, such as North America
- The company is investing in building 5G network simulators at the Indian R&D centre as part of these testing initiatives
According to a report by ET Telecom, OnePlus has started exporting 5G smartphones on a pilot basis from the country.
Vikas Agarwal, head of operations in India for OnePlus told the news daily that India is fast emerging as a regional HQ for OnePlus’ expansion into global markets within five years. As part of the business focus in India for the coming years, OnePlus is building India as a global export hub for the brand and is already manufacturing 5G devices and exporting to overseas markets, such as North America.
He further stated that they are currently sharing some common investments with Oppo on the manufacturing front.
Happening at an appropriate time
Faisal Kawoosa, the co-founder at research firm TechArc, informed that OnePlus move to make 5G devices in India and export them – following Nokia’s move to make 5G gear and export from India – was happening at an appropriate time in global 5G ecosystem.
He added that this reinforces the commitment of a brand like OnePlus as to how important India is as a destination on their global map of operations and not just any end-user market.
Ramagopal Reddy, vice president, R&D Centre at OnePlus told the news daily that they are also running test trials with leading ecosystem players and network partners including Airtel and Reliance Jio, and actively investing in building 5G network simulators at the Indian R&D centre as part of these testing initiatives.