European telcos, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have merged their Silicon Valley based research and development centres.
Called Think One, the combined unit will employ 30 people, increasing to 50 in the future. It will concentrate on developments in Internet technologies, multimedia advances and wireless services.
Think One is 50 per cent owned by each operator and pulls together Deutsche Telecom Advanced Solutions, created in 1996, with France Telecom Research & Development, opened in 1997. It will be organised around three core activities - strategic evaluation of products, testing and integration of emerging technologies, plus software development.
The unit will also work with local Californian companies to integrate their products into future developments.
Jean-Jacques Damlamian, group executive vice president of France Telecom's development branch, said: "Silicon Valley is a key source of of promising Internet technologies and services. The goal in unifying the teams of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom is to increase the scope of our activities, while enriching our skills base and optimising costs."
The two telcos together operate the pan-European carrier, Global One, with Sprint of the US.
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