According to new reports, Apple will open its first technology development center outside of the US this year.
Reported by ZDNet and Telugu Mirchi and confirmed by the Telangana Government, Apple is planning to build the facility in Hyderabad. The new center will be built on 250,000 square feet of land in real estate firm Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility and will cost $25 million to build. The center is expected to create 4,500 jobs for locals. "It's a very positive development as Apple has not looked at cities only in India, but across many places in Europe and other parts of the world. Their decision to have the facility in Hyderabad is a strong endorsement of the city as a major IT hub in the country," said Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to IT department in the state of Telangana, in a statement to ZDNet. The facility is expected to open its doors in June with fully fledged operations by the end of 2016.
In recent years, Hyderabad has started to be seen as a technology hub with companies like Microsoft, Infosys, and more putting down roots in the city. "Microsoft's Windows 10 was developed in Hyderabad, but it has been a global product now," said Telangana State Technology Services Managing Director GT Venkateshwar Rao. "If a company like Apple is deploying its resources in Hyderabad, it will not only create employment, but also gives the city a brand image." Last year, Google announced its plan to build a new campus in the region in the next few years and Microsoft said that it plans to expand its presence in the state.
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