AudioCodes Plans Manufacturing Centre In India, Mulls R&D Facility

New Delhi: | Updated: Nov 3 2003, 05:30am hrs
Israel-based telecom equipment firm AudioCodes Ltd is planning to set up a manufacturing facility in India to service the local market as well as neighbouring markets. The company is also exploring the possibility of setting up a research and development (R&D) centre in India.

AudioCodes a Nasdaq-listed company is in the business of providing Voice over Packet technology based telecom equipment such as media gateways. The company operates in the market through network equipment vendors and system integrators. Media gateway is a device that links two networks using a combination of hardware and software.

The company was so far operating in India through system integration partners but will now be opening its direct office as well as a customer support centre in Delhi in the first half of the next calendar year (2004), AudioCodes worldwide chief executive officer Shabtai Adlersberg told eFE.

As a long-term plan, we would like to set up a manufacturing facility for our media gateways in India to service the local market as well nearby markets such as Nepal and Bangladesh, Mr Adlersberg said, adding that the company would either set up its own facility or work with a local company on contract basis. AudioCodes already has a manufacturing facility on contract basis in China.

Mr Adlersberg said that the company would also explore the possibility of setting up a R&D lab in India. Currently, AudioCodes has its R&D base in Israel only. We are already involved in co-development of technology and solutions with companies such as Hughes Software Systems (HSS) in India and have recently tied up with C-DOT. We would like to expand our R&D activities in India, he added. The company has tied up with C-DOT for jointly developing technology and solutions based on Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP). C-DOT also intends to incorporate AudioCodes VoIP technologies and gateways into its systems so that it can offer seamless migration from existing TDM-based networks to next generation IP-based backbone and access networks. AudioCodes also plans to penetrate the government-owned telecom operator market through its association with C-DOT.