India to play key role in the online world:Michael Dell

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 05:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Michael Dell, Chairman and chief executive officer of Dell said that India is one of the centers of the worlds technology transformation. Addressing the CII-CEOs Forum in New Delhi, he said, We are about to see an evolution in technology like the world has never seen, and India will play a key role as the total number of people online goes from one billion today or less than 16 percent of the worlds population to two billion over the next few years. He also added that India was an exciting place to be right now. India has recorded a tremendous growth of 700 percent in terms of Internet use since 2000. The country currently has about 50 million people online, which is less than five percent of the population indicating a larger untapped potential. With the technology industry booming and economy growing at about nine percent a year, the future promised to be one of innovation and positive change in the world of technology. Starting off proceedings at the CII-CEOs Forum, Gopal Srinivasan, Director, TVS-Electronics, and Regional Council Member South, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said, This is an opportune time for India to play its part on the global technology stage. Indian industry can gain much from interface with global business leaders like Dell, as also from his perspective on the impact of technology in rapidly growing economies like ours. Dell said the companys plans for India include opening a new manufacturing plant soon in Chennai, starting production in July. With local manufacturing in place, Dells most comprehensive presence in the world outside the United States will be here in Indiadomestic sales, research and development, manufacturing, customer support, services and analytics, he said.

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