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Infosys to hire 1,000 Americans for its Arizona centre by 2023

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Bengaluru: Global software major Infosys has opened a technology centre at Phoenix in Arizona, US, to accelerate innovation for its American enterprises. “We will hire 1,000 American techies over four years to work at the centre in the southwestern state for the local enterprises,” said the city-based IT behemoth in a statement, here on Saturday. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey inaugurated the centre in the presence of state officials, company executives, employees and representatives of a few enterprises.

The centre, housed at the Arizona State University (ASU), will focus on autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), full-stack engineering, data science and cyber security. “Our investment in the centre will attract local and global talent. Hiring is underway to recruit around 500 techies by 2020 and reduce the IT skills gap in the state,” it said. Agencies Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parikh said the Arizona centre, the company’s sixth of its kind in the US since 2017, was set up to help local enterprises go for digital transformation at the earliest.

“The centre allows us to collaborate with our clients across the country in an agile manner,” said Parekh. The centre will also leverage and empower the workforce to bridge the skill gap in the market and accelerate the digital agenda of its clients. “Our focus will be on harnessing, modelling and scaling a new model for workforce development in the US, where the private sector has a key role to implement it (model) or learning and on-the-job training,” said company’s president Ravi Kumar.

The centre will allow the company to develop cross-functional solutions to pressing business challenges in machine learning, artificial intelligence, user experience and advanced digital technologies, such as big data and cloud. As part of its commitment to workforce development and bridging the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skill gap in the US, the $11 billion outsourcing firm also announced a partnership with InStride to allow its employees complete degree programmes and education courses through ASU.

“Infosys’ commitment to Arizona and learning speaks of the strength of talent in our community. We welcome it as a partner that will boost our competitiveness in the global economy,” said ASU president Michael Crow.

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Only Rs 100/month Jio Hathway given India cheapest cable TV plan.

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Hathway Cable and Datacom, part of the Reliance Jio network, has started offering India’s cheapest cable TV tariff plans for customers in some parts of Mumbai.

At a price of Rs 100, Jio Hathway is giving practically all the popular channels in India in standard definition, and at 200 rupees per month, in HD.

Jio Hathway has also waived off installation charges and box charges, and the customer has to just pay Rs 600 to get the connection and six months of cable TV service. The price for the HD connection and six-month offer is Rs 1,000.

The SD connection comes with MH Platinum SD pack, while the Rs 200/month offer involves the MH Platinum HD pack. These packs include popular channels from Star India, Zee, Sony, Discovery, UTV and TV19. They also include practically all the sports channels in India.

Given that the regular price of the Platinum SD pack is around 320 per month, the new offer is giving a discount of nearly 70%.

The regular price of the HD pack is around Rs 422, and at 200 per month, the offer involves a discount of more than 50%.

According to industry sources, the packs are being provided for a limited time only. Therefore, customers will likely have to pay the full price once the six month period is over.

Currently, the offer is available in central areas like Ghatkopar and Viyavihar, but not in South Bombay.

To highlight this offer, Hathway has been writing to housing societies seeking permission to give new connections under the scheme to their members.

It is believed that the move is part of a strategy by Jio Hathway to edge out local players and increase its customer base.

By bringing people in using this offer, Jio Hathway is likely eyeing the opportunity to convert them into fiber customers later.

In this context, Jio recently unveiled ultra-cheap fiber broadband tariffs, with unlimited plans starting at just Rs 399. This is cheaper than traditional Hathway broadband plans, which are likely to be replaced by Jio plans in the coming months. At present, Jio is carrying out back-end integration of the Hathway network with its own network.

Jio Hathway’s decision to make such an offer has led to opposition from local cable operators, who see it as a strategy aimed purely at pushing them out of the market by offering cheap prices for a limited time.

Some of them are reported to have complained to broadcasters, pointing out that their channels are being offered at such cheap rates.

Though traditionally, broadcasters do not like their channels to be offered under such schemes, TRAI’s rules make it clear that the distributor can sell the channels at whatever rates they want, as long as it is not above the channel MRP.

Hathway is likely offering these plans as promotional schemes. All operators are allowed to unveil promotional schemes of 3 months duration for up to twice a year.

If smaller cable operators want to protect their customers, they too may have to offer all these channels for 100-200 rupees till the time Jio Hathway continues to have the promotional scheme in place.

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