Unisys sets up India subsidiary

Unisys sets up India subsidiary

Unisys is setting up a technology development centre here, which will employee about 2000 people within the next five years. The company plans to spend $US180 million on the centre during this period for employment and related expenses.

Unisys' new Indian centre will provide software development, maintenance, business process outsourcing (BPO) and technical help desk services, vice-president of Unisys Global Services, Cal Killen, said.

The Pennsylvania-based company planned to have about 300 staffers at the centre by the end of this year.

Unisys will also continue to outsource software development and BPO work to companies in India, which will add up to 1000 employees working for Unisys over the next five years. These companies currently have about 550 staff working for Unisys.

"For more than 20 years, our strategy has been to source globally in order to meet client demands," Killen said. "This new Indian operation will add capacity to Unisys' global capabilities. This expansion of global sourcing options supports our commitment to meeting clients' needs while consistently managing costs."

Unisys currently has sales and marketing offices in Mumbai and New Delhi. It had a joint venture in India with the Mumbai-based Tata Group.

Called Tata Unisys, the joint venture manufactured Unisys systems as well as did software development for Unisys. In 1997, Unisys sold its stake in the joint venture to the Tata Group.

Despite protests from US and European workers and politicians against outsourcing, companies continue shipping jobs to India unabated.

Nokia has also announced a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) research and development facility in Mumbai.

The centre will focus on providing software support and technical expertise in CDMA technology while leveraging Nokia's existing global CDMA competence to build a team of local talent specializing on the CDMA protocol.

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