APPLE’s Digital Mapping Centre to boost IT sector in TS

Tim-CookIt is now confirmed that tech giant APPLE will be setting up a key centre in Hyderabad tomorrow and the company’s president Tim Cook, who is already in India may grace the occasion. But his tour to the city is yet to be confirmed. His India tour is too tight, he would come, we hope, but a final word from his team is awaited, said a senior IT department official.

The centre will be Apple’s digital mapping facility with servers in the US and all technical and support services will be sourced from Hyderabad. This is APPLE’s first technology centre outside US.

Once started, it is likely to be a feather in Hyderabad’s IT cap and would boost the sector further, creating at least 2500 jobs to the local talented IT professionals, according to IT ministry officials.

Telangana’s Information Technology minister KT Rama Rao has tweeted that a big announcement will be made on Thursday, which will end the suspense around Cook’s visit to India. “Will share a big news with you all day after tomorrow. Suspense till then,” tweeted Mr Rao.

The state government wanted a big splash but Apple reportedly wanted to keep the event low key.

The event will be held at Waverock SEZ campus on the outskirts of the city. The company, which has taken the space on lease at WaveRock, is also planning to build its own campus.

The facility will commence operations on one lakh square feet leased space in WaveRock, a building owned by real estate giant Tishman Speyer at Nanakramguda. The US-based firm plans to expand the facility to 2.5 lakh square feet by next year. It will have 2,500 employees, sources said.

In India, Apple is looking to set up its first retail outlet, as it only has about a 2 percent market share. But its sales there surged 56 percent in the first three months of this year, driven mainly by cheaper older-generation devices such as the iPhone 5S.

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