"Our initiative will automatically lead to an establishment of a supply chain cluster, either through local manufacturers or through global companies, to meet the demand for raw material, components and other technologies," Gilchrist said.
The government of Karnataka shares Elcoteq's viewpoint, according to Gilchrist. Both want the initiative to act as a test case for other multinational corporations to follow and set up telecommunications manufacturing in the country, he said.
Elcoteq expects the supply chain clusters to start taking shape within the next 12 to 18 months. Its own facility will be operational by early next year.