India gets Huawei’s biggest global service centre

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Huawei has GSCs in China, Romania and Mexico, but the Bengaluru site is expected to handle the highest number of projects compared to the other three.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has set up a new global service centre—its biggest to date—in India with an initial investment of ₹136 crore.

The company already has three other GSCs in China, Romania and Mexico, according to Indian Express, but the new facility in Bengaluru is expected to handle the highest number of projects compared to the three.

The India GSC will handle more than 50 projects, supporting over 30 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, serving over 350 million subscribers, Huawei said in a statement.

The telecom gear maker has hired more than 1,000 engineers, network operation specialists and support staff to work at its new facility, supporting Huawei's 'Make in India' vision.

The Bengaluru site's services include global network operations, network integration, network planning and optimisation as well as IT integration, Huawei said.

“India has always been a priority market for us and we have been investing here right from 1999 when we opened our R&D centre in Bengaluru—the first one outside China," said Huawei India CEO Jay Chen. "The inauguration of this centre, our largest GSC, further reaffirms our commitment to India."

India sees spike in mobile manufacturing investments

Huawei is just the latest in the long line of electronics companies that have seen India's potential as the next "big hub of electronics manufacturing."

At least 37 mobile manufacturing companies have made an investment on India in the last year alone, generating 40,000 direct jobs and 1.25 lakh indirect employments, according to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prasad was quoted by The Economic Times saying that the country has manufactured 11 crore mobile phones in the past 12 months, an increase from the 6 crore in 2014.

Among the companies that have set up units in the country include China's Gionee and Xiaomi as well as domestic companies like Karbonn, Lava, Micromax, Intex, Jivi, iTel and MTech.

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