Apple to build $25 million office in India


India is Apple's next big market.
India is Apple's next big market.
Photo: Tim Cook/Twitter

Apple has set its sights on taking over the smartphone market in India and its planning to bring more than just retail jobs to the country in the process.

The company confirmed today that it is planning to invest $25 million in a new office complex this year in Hyderabad that will bring 4,500 jobs to the area during the construction process.

“We’ve been investing to expand our operations in India and are thrilled to have passionate customers and a vibrant developer community across the country,” an Apple spokesperson told the Economic Times.

“We are looking forward to opening a new development office in Hyderabad that will be home to over 150 Apple employees supporting maps development. The office will also have space for many contractors who will support our ambitious efforts locally,” the company added

Apple’s move into India follows efforts by Google and Microsoft to tap into what is now the world’s fast growing smartphone market. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the search engine giant will build South Asia’s biggest campus in Hyperabad in the next few years.

The iPhone maker’s map development centre will occupy 250,000 square feet in Tishman Speyer’s WaveRock facility, which is part of the city’s popular IT corridor. Apple is set to start work on the center later in 2016.

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