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Apple closes new development centre in Bangalore

Posted: 07 Jun 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software development centre  Apple  K.C. Krishnadas 

Apple Computer Inc. is shutting down its software development and support operations centre in Bangalore, India after just two months of operation, according to a report published in Sunday (June 4) in The Times of India. The Indian subsidiary, Apple Services India Pvt. Ltd, had been unveiled in April.

All 30 staff members were told last week that they were being laid off, according to the published report. Staffers will receive a severance package comprising two months' salary. The company's marketing and sales arm here, employing about 25 people, is not affected and will continue to operate.

The Bangalore centre was to have been the company's first tech development and support operation outside its California headquarters. Apple had intended to grow the Bangalore centre's staff to 3,000 by the end of 2007.

Sources were mystified by the company's sudden reversal of plans, particularly given the trend among other global technology companies to establish operations in India. The report quoted an Apple spokesman as saying only that the company had "re-evaluated our options and decided to put our support centre growth in other countries."

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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