HPE to invest $500 million in India over the next 5 years

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New Delhi: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has revealed its plan to invest $500 million in India over the next five years.

This investment plan is part of HPE’s long-term commitment to India. It will enable to grow its operations, manufacturing and employee base, increase its R&D and services exports, as well as support social initiatives through technology.

“The Modi 2.0 administration’s vision of a $5 trillion economy is impressive and fitting for a country with this level of energy and opportunity,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO – HPE and a member of the US-India CEO Forum.

“India is one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, and our investments will further develop the country as a critical market for HPE’s global business, as well as benefit our customers, partners, employees and the citizens of India,” added Neri.

“It is a matter of great assurance that a global giant like Hewlett Packard Enterprise is making big investments in India both in manufacturing as well as research and development,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology. “This shows the rising confidence of global investors in India’s rapidly growing electronics manufacturing sector and the success of Digital India.”

HPE’s investment plan in India is also backed by various other initiatives like local hiring and manufacturing and supporting to Indian government run social programs in the areas of education, healthcare and digital services.

HPE plans to increase its workforce in India by 20% over the next three to five years. In particular, HPE will hire new engineering talent with expertise in areas of critical importance to customers such as AI and networking.

It will also begin construction of a high-tech extension to its Mahadevapura Campus in Bengaluru to house over 10,000 employees, as well as state-of-the-art R&D facilities.

When complete, the 1.3-million-square-foot campus will feature a state-of-the-art workplace, powered by HPE technologies, designed to enhance the employee, customer and partner experience and foster a culture of innovation.

The campus will support a broad range of functions including R&D, engineering services, finance and sales.

“Through our strategic investments in India we will continue to enhance our ability to help customers use technology to redefine experiences, improve operations and achieve their business goals,” said Som Satsangi, MD, HPE India.

“To deliver on that commitment, we are creating a culture for growth and innovation at HPE. Our new campus will help us to retain and attract quality talent to deliver for our customers and for the citizens of India,” added Satsangi.

On the manufacturing front, HPE is scheduled to start manufacturing Aruba’s portfolio of mobility and IoT solutions in India before the end of 2019. The manufacturing capability in India will allow Aruba to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will deliver benefits in support of the Digital India agenda and to customers across the country.

The HPE investment plan also includes its participation in Indian government’s initiatives and support them with innovations and technology to bring positive societal changes

The company has collaborated with the NASSCOM Foundation to set up fully equipped digital classrooms under the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM). There are over 50 digital classrooms across the country with four more set to be launched shortly in Maharashtra.

Additionally, HPE along with Agastya International Foundation will set-up a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, focused on skilling students in IoT-based agriculture.

The facility features advanced IT solutions that are at the leading edge of the agricultural sector’s innovation toward higher food production from finite land resources.

Under the HPE eHealth Center (eHC) initiative, the company helps improve access and effectiveness of primary healthcare in underserved areas. These eHCs are a cloud-enabled healthcare infrastructure solution that also offer health data analytics.

Across India, more than 130 eHCs and 150 mobile eHCs are operational, and 15 new centers will be established across six states. The eHCs have already facilitated over 800,000 patient visits.

In support of the government’s target of making India TB-free by 2025, HPE announced it has signed the USAID TB pledge to provide free diagnostic services to more than 50,000 people through its eHC network.

Besides, it is aligning with Indian government’s initiative to launch 100,000 digital villages in the next five years. HPE has said a further five villages will benefit from a range of services including the HPE Digital Classroom, HPE’s eHealth Center, free public Wi-Fi provided by HPE Aruba and a range of online citizen services. This builds on the successful pilot launched last year in Manasampally, Telangana.

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