Apple is reportedly opening its first technology development located in India, on 250,000 sq ft of land within the IT corridor of Hyderabad, next to facilities for Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro and Cognizant, reportedly within Tishman Speyer’s WaveRock facility.
According to a report by V L Srinivasan for ZDNet, Apple is spending $25 million on the project, which is said to involve jobs for 4,500.
India’s Telangana State Technology Services managing director GT Venkateshwar Rao told the site that Apple’s decision to locate facilities in Hyderabad would boost the city’s image as a hub for technology development.
“Microsoft’s Windows 10 was developed in Hyderabad, but it has been a global product now,” Rao said. Both Microsoft and Google have announced plans to invest in India.
Microsoft’s chief Satya Nadella has described expanding its existing facilities and further efforts to take advantage of India’s status as the third largest site for startups behind the U.S. and U.K., and Google’s chief Sundar Pichai recently outlined a “huge new campus in Hyderabad” costing $160 million, described as Google’s first campus outside of the U.S and “said to be the biggest in South Asia.”
In 2006, Apple announced plans to open a product support center in Bangalore, but abandoned the effort three months later. Apple’s PR chief Steve Dowling said at the time that Apple had “re-evaluated our plans, and have decided to put our planned support center growth in other countries.”
More recently, Apple’s sales in India crossed the $1 billion sales mark last March, and the company has been working with the Indian government to fast-track the construction of new Apple Stores in the country, an issue formerly complicated by regulations pertaining to foreign ownership of retail stores that sell a single brand.
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