Unisys sets up India subsidiary

Unisys is setting up a technology development centre in Bangalore, which will increase to 2,000 employees over the next five...

Unisys is setting up a technology development centre in Bangalore, which will increase to 2,000 employees over the next five years, spending $180m on the centre on employment and related expenses. 

Unisys' Indian centre will provide software development, maintenance, business process outsourcing (BPO) and technical help desk services, said Cal Killen, vice-president of Unisys Global Services. The company will have around 300 staff 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 1,000 employees working for Unisys over the next five years. These companies 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," said Killen. "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 already has sales and marketing offices in Mumbai and New Delhi. Unisys 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 also announced a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) research and development facility in Mumbai.

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

John Ribeiro writes for IDG News Service

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