Motorola zeroes in on B’lore campus

Updated: Jan 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
Motorola India Electronics is all set to consolidate its facilities from across the country with a full-fledged campus at Whitefield in Bangalore. The campus, scheduled to be fully operational by end-2003, will be approximately 250,000 to 300,000 square feet in size, with the capacity to house close to 1,500 software engineers in the first phase.

Motorola is currently working to find a builder to make the facility on a long term lease basis as per company specifications. The campus is expected to have a modular design structure, to provide for further expansion.

Motorola India Electronics, which is the R&D and software development arm of the global major in India, currently has three groups based in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The IC design team in Delhi currently has 300 professionals, while the software design teams in Bangalore and Hyderabad have a total of 900 people.

Speaking to The Financial Express, Motorola India electronics vice-president and general manager (global software group, APAC) Mohan Kumar said that this was a move to consolidate its facilities in Bangalore and also provide its employees a better working environment.

“While our growth in terms of number of employees has been flat this year, this new campus is a long term move. We will move out of our other facilities in Bangalore (two facilities) and operate out of one campus at Whitefield,” Mr Kumar said. The company is currently close to finalising the design of the campus, which will have both work and recreation facilities for its employees.

Meanwhile, Motorola India Electronics is all set to complete work on the latest 3G handset offering from Motorola for the global market shortly with an official launch planned for the year end.