BANGALORE, India Centillium Communications Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) plans to increase the number of staff at its R & D center here by about 20 percent this year, and expects the broadband market to take off in India.
Centillium said it is talking to a number of undisclosed Indian companies about partnerships and it is waiting for these companies to decide how and when to go about tapping into the Indian market, said Faraj Aalaei, CEO and Centillium co-founder. Late in 2004 Centillium announced it had reduced its work force and cut development programs in an effort to lower operating expenses and save approximately $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2005 (see Oct. 28, 2004, story).
"The Indian community is large, it has affluence and broadband technology is available. It is up to the regulatory authorities to create competition and provide incentives for local operators to provide broadband connectivity. The incumbent's feet must be held to the fire if broadband connectivity is to really take off here. It must be a national effort," he said.
The company employs about 150 staff here, which serves as company's center of technical excellence for developing its end-to-end DSL, VoIP and fiber-to-the-premises system-on-chip (SoC) solutions enabling 'last mile' delivery of capabilities such as HDTV, video-on-demand, VoIP and other applications to subscribers.
Centillium's center is among the very few of its kind in India, doing everything from chip architecture design, through physical design to verification and firmware and system software development. It also provides marketing and customer support, and plans are to grow its capabilities on all these fronts. All of the company's optical solutions for broadband access are completely done from here, Aalaei said.
"The company is giving more responsibilities and span of control to Centillium India. This expansion of roles includes direct interaction with customers, representation of Centillium in world standard bodies, product definition and implementation, among other things," he added.
"We are to grow our university program and hope to hire some of the students whose technical education we sponsor in partnership with national institutes here,' added C.S. Mohan, general manager, Centillium India Pvt. Ltd.