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INFOTECH INDIA | Tech Briefs: JULY 2010

Infosys May Top Revenue Growth in Next Three Fiscals
FACEBOOK: India Operations
LARSEN & TOUBRO: Center in Belfast
Pakistan Monitoring Web Sites

Infosys May Top Revenue Growth in Next Three Fiscals

Information technology giant Infosys's revenue growth is likely to be the strongest among the top three Indian vendors in the coming three financial years, a report said.

Some of Infosys recent deal wins, like Telstra and British Petroleum, give the IT giant new larger “mineable” clients, which are expected to help the company maintain its sector-leading growth rate, financial service provider IIFL said in a recent report here.

During the economic slowdown, Infosys had faster growth than its peers, Tata Consultancy Services and HCL, despite aggressive ramp-downs from its largest client.

Infosys, it said, has the highest exposure to clients from the U.S. and, hence, is least vulnerable to a sharp depreciation in European currencies.

Moreover, the recovery in IT spending from U.S. clients has been decidedly faster than that from European clients.

"The faster recovery in the U.S., coupled with Infosys' relatively high exposure to that geography, makes it well-placed to register sector-leading revenue growth," it said.

Over the last four quarters, revenues from the U.S. are up 16.5 percent compared to a decline of 13-14 percent from Europe.

The company's Earnings Per Share is also likely to register a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23 percent over FY 10-13 against the 18-20 percent of those of its competitors, the report said.

The analysis of Infosys in the report revealed that the company has the highest standards of corporate governance and its ability to cross-sell its service offerings is the best among domestic companies.

However, inflexibility on price and lesser diversification remained the weaknesses of the company, it noted.

Infosys derives 75 percent of its revenues from the U.S. and the U.K. However, the company is making investments in continental Europe and emerging markets, including India, to tap better opportunities, it said.

The growing presence of multi-national companies replicating the offshore model with greater success and competition for talent from other industries are some of the threats, the report pointed out.


FACEBOOK: India Operations

Social networking site Facebook is all set to launch its India operations from Hyderabad in less than two months.

The company's proposal to set up a unit in Raheja Mindspace SEZ here was approved by the union government, said a senior official of the state Information Technology Department.

"The company is aggressively hiring people. Initially, they will be operating from an incubation centre in the SEZ," the official said.

Facebook's new operations centre in Hyderabad will supplement operations supported out of Palo Alto, Calif., Dublin, Ireland, and a recently-announced location in Austin, Texas. The Hyderabad office will be Facebook's first office in the Asian region.

As many as five IT companies have been accorded permission to set up their offices in a total area of 391,000 sq ft in different IT SEZs across the state. The other prominent transnational IT companies include Accenture and Invesco.

The official said that Facebook has been allotted about 50,000 sq ft space and is going to recruit close to 500 people for running its operations.

Facebook, which has nearly 8 million subscribers in India, would reportedly invest $150 million in the initial phases. It has more than 400 million active users worldwide.

Facebook had recently announced that it would invest in India by opening an office in Hyderabad, where it is expected to build a world-class team to support a growing number of users, advertisers and developers from India and across the world.


LARSEN & TOUBRO: Center in Belfast

IT services and solutions provider L&T Infotech has said that it would be setting up an European software development and maintenance centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) would be providing financial assistance to L&T Infotech for the project, a press release issued here stated.

"We see tremendous opportunities in providing leading companies in the U.K. and Europe with our world-class solutions and are looking forward to grow our business rapidly in the coming years. This new centre will support both European and other global clients," L&T Infotech chief executive officer Sudip Banerjee said.

The centre is expected to create 85 new high quality jobs in Northern Ireland within the next one-year.


Pakistan Monitoring Web Sites

Pakistan's government ordered the monitoring of Web sites including Google, Yahoo and YouTube for "anti-Islam content," an official said, as tensions over the Internet continued.

A spokesman for the country's telecommunication authority said the order had been received from the ministry of information technology and was being implemented.

It comes after a row over Pakistan's blocking for nearly a fortnight last month of the Facebook Web site due to content deemed blasphemous.

"The major Web sites which will be monitored for anti-Islam content include Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Bing, Amazon and YouTube," the spokesman told AFP.

He added that the government had also ordered the blocking of 17 Web page links containing blasphemous content. The links include pages within YouTube, Islam Exposed and Jehad.org

A high court earlier this week ordered the government to block access to nine Web sites including Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail and Bing for showing material against "the fundamental principles of Islam and its preaching."

Judge Mazhar Iqbal of Lahore High Court announced the order in Bahawalpur in response to a petition filed by retired civil servant Siddique Mohammad.

Pakistan shut off Facebook for nearly two weeks recently in a storm of controversy about a competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad and has restricted access to hundreds of online links because of blasphemy.

Islam strictly prohibits the depiction of any prophet as blasphemous and the row sparked comparison with protests across the Muslim world at the publication of satirical cartoons of Mohammed in European newspapers in 2006.



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