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Apple abruptly shuts down new software development center in India

Posted: 07 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software development center? Apple? K.C. Krishnadas?

Apple Computer Inc. is shutting down its software development and support operations center in Bangalore, India after just two months of operation, according to a report in published 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 center was to have been the company's first tech development and support operation outside its California headquarters. Apple had intended to grow the Bangalore center'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 "reevaluated our options and decided to put our support center growth in other countries."

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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