Aperto taps into India market, to build local manufacturing facility

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 20 December 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Aperto Networks, manufacturer WiMAX Forum Certified base stations and subscriber units, announced that it is significantly increasing its investments in India to support its fast growing customer base and demand for its WiMAX solutions. In a significant announcement, the company also stated that it is in the final stages of talks with partners to set up a manufacturing facility in India. The facility will initially manufacture devices for the local market, and will gradually scale up to roll out products for the global market as well.

Around two-thirds of the ‘several million dollars’ investment will go into sprucing up the research and development efforts, while the rest will be used for establishing sales and customer support infrastructure, and expanding its channel and technology partnerships across the country.

“The demand for broadband connectivity is rapidly growing in India and thanks to its performance, time to market and cost advantages, WiMAX is best-positioned to serve this huge Indian market,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing and alliances for Aperto Networks. “We are excited about our role in partnering with India’s world-class telecommunications companies to effectively address this growing demand and we are scaling up our capabilities and investments accordingly.”

Aperto’s WiMAX development center in Bangalore is expanding into a facility three times its original size. In concert with the expansion of engineering activities, Aperto is also setting up a customer support center in Bangalore to provide level one and level two support to service providers across India as well other regions of the world. In addition, Aperto is planning to establish an India distribution and repair facility as well.

BSNL, the largest telecom service provider in India, has begun rolling out Aperto’s carrier-class, WiMAX Forum Certified™ products in several major cities and rural areas across India. VSNL has completed deployment of Aperto’s multi-service broadband wireless systems in over 65 cities across India.

"India is quickly emerging as a major market for WiMAX," said Adlane Fellah, principal analyst, Maravedis Research. "With a population of more than one billion and a growing economy, India is a gigantic market for broadband and will benefit from a rapid deployment of these services, which in turn will further accelerate GDP growth. Aperto has proven its ability to meet the needs of major service providers in India and continues to capture a dominant share of the Indian WiMAX market"

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