Apple is setting up its first technology development center outside the US, in Hyderabad, India. The $25 million center will be housed in Tishman Speyer’s WaveRock facility, which encompasses 0.7 million square feet. It is set to open by June, becoming fully operational by the end of the year. The facility is projected to create 4,500 jobs, and is expected to develop solutions for Apple’s in-house mapping service.
Apple’s decision to set up a development center in Hyderabad is not surprising, considering that most major American companies — including the likes of Microsoft, Google, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Facebook, and IBM — have facilities in the city. Microsoft has its largest campus outside Redmond in Hyderabad, and Google also has a sizeable presence in the city, with the search giant considering a new 2 million square feet office.
More recently, Apple’s sales in India crossed the $1 billion sales mark last March, and the company has been working with the Indian government to fast-track the construction of new Apple Stores in the country.
India’s Telangana State Technology Services managing director GT Venkateshwar Rao told the site that Apple’s decision to locate facilities in Hyderabad would boost the city’s image as a hub for technology development. Apple also announced plans last month to open its first iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy.