06/03/2013 13:57 EDT | Updated 08/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Ericsson to open new R&D centre in Quebec

Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson is opening a new high-tech research and development centre in the Quebec community of Vaudreuil-Dorion, west of Montreal, the company announced Monday.

The new 40,000 square-metre facility will open in 2015 and will serve as a base for Ericsson engineers. The centre will be used to develop and test the company's next generation of products and cloud services and will give customers the opportunity to participate in trials and interoperability testing, Ericsson said in a press release.

Ericsson has had a presence in Canada for about 60 years and has existing R&D centres in Montreal and Ottawa. Its Canadian facilities employ about 3,100 people.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said Ericsson's announcement was a "sign of confidence" in Quebec's economy.

"The future of Quebec and the greater Montreal area relies on the knowledge base, the training opportunities and the skills available locally," she said in a press release. "And I welcome the establishment of Ericsson's new global Information and Communications Technology Centre and see this as an example of what Quebec has to offer."

Ericsson is the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment and networks but has recently been moving more of its business toward the software side of the industry as it faces stiffer competition on the hardware end from rivals such as Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.