IBM talking to Vodafone unit for India outsourcing

IBM aims to grab more outsourcing deals from Indian telecoms companies and is in talks with the Indian unit of Vodafone Plc, a senior official said on Friday.
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Updated on Jul 13, 2007 04:13 PM IST
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Reuters | By, Bangalore

IBM aims to grab more outsourcing deals from Indian telecoms companies and is in talks with the Indian unit of Vodafone Plc, a senior official said on Friday.

India is the world's fastest growing mobile market, adding more than 6 million users a month, and telecoms companies are stepping up investment on technology.

"My feeling is that in the next 18 months, at least two more operators should be settling for outsourcing," Vivek Gupta, director of communications sector at IBM India and South Asia, told Reuters in an interview.

"We would be extremely disappointed if we are not the key player there. From my perspective, I want to grab 100 percent of the business."

International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, New York, is in talks with unlisted Hutchison Essar Ltd., in which British phone firm Vodafone bought a controlling stake this year, for an outsourcing deal, Gupta said.

He did not give details.

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