French firm formally launches R&D centre in Gatineau

French firm Mentum opens a global R&D centre in Gatineau. The wireless planning software company was born last summer out of the merger of Ericsson’s Planet EV division, which was based in Gatineau, and French company CTS International.Mentum.JPG “We located our main development centre in the Ottawa region because of the local telecom talent pool,” says Mentum CEO Philippe Catherine. “We already have a strong team and are looking to grow our workforce over the coming year as we deliver on our business plan.” Based in Velizy, France, Mentum employs about 50 of its 110 staff locally. The newly branded Mentum Planet product line, which aids in the design of wireless networks from the base tower to the customer, enjoyed 100% growth in its last quarter, as compared to the same period a year earlier. With year-over-year growth of 20% expected next year and the following, Mentum expects to hire more local staff soon.

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