The Connectivity Advantage
100% of 988 telephone exchanges are digital
98% of telephone exchanges connected by OFC to the NIB
Reliance, Bharti, Asianet laying own OFC backbones
Highest telephone density - 7 per 100 - India's 2005 target
'SEA-ME-WE-3' and 'SAFE' submarine cable landings
(1 0f the 2 states in India to have two submarine cable landings)
15 GBps bandwidth supported
VSNL's primary international gateway in India is in Kochi, Kerala.
The Human Resources Advantage
High density of science and technology personnel in India
Lowest employee attrition rate in the country - <5%
75 engineering colleges in the state
Database of readily employable graduates enabling interested ITES companies to access the best of professional talent
Training for ITES HR pool
Empanelled trainers providing ITES training within the Habitat
The Cost Advantage
A fully burdened cost of just $8 per hour,
when compared to the global average of $15
Salaries - 1/5th of the international average
Operational costs less than 50% when compared to major cities
Rentals lower by more than 60% in comparison to other cities
Power and water tariff among the lowest in the country
Kerala - The Outsourcing Advantage
The Government of Kerala has promised the state an IT led growth over the next few years. The primary drive towards establishing Kerala as the preferred ITES destination arises from private enterprises and community energies. The Kerala Government acts as a catalyst to successfully facilitate an enabling environment for IT, IT products and ITES. Kerala with its focus on Business Process Outsourcing, Customer Interaction Centres and Digital Content Creation/Processing, Training for relevant skills at sub-domain level to ensure adequate supply of trained human resources to ITES companies and employment regulations that uniquely facilitate ITES operations, is poised today to become the IT industry's dream destination.
Investing in Kochi
Kochi (formerly called Cochin) lies in the Southwest corner of the country. It is a bustling cosmopolitan city, home to 2 million people with all the associated social infrastructure including residential accommodation, shopping, schools, stock exchange, hotels, hospitals, conferencing venues, amusement park and entertainment facilities.
Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala and is home to the 7.5 million tones per annum Kochi Refineries, India's only private sector International airport, Shipyard, a number of medium and small sized industrial units in industrial belts at Udyogamandal, Edayar, Kalamasserry, Ambalamughal and Angamaly, and power plants at Bramhapuram and Edayar.
Kochi has the Cochin University of Science & Technology, several Engineering and Medical Colleges and Business Schools.
Kochi has a 15 GBPS VSNL International Gateway Exchange. Only Kochi and Mumbai in India have landing points for submarine cable links for 15 GBPS bandwidth and have therefore India's cheapest bandwidth costs. The SEA-ME-WE3 and SAFE cables touch Kochi; making Kochi a sought-after destination for IT enabled services.
The recent NASSCOM survey on 9 leading Indian ITES destinations covering a range of parameters including land costs, power and communication infrastructure ranked the Kochi as the second best ITES destination above Metros like Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi.
100 percent literacy and a very high level of e-literacy aided by government led projects such as Akshaya ensures a ready manpower resource for ITES/BPO sector. A dedicated ITES habitat for training in Kochi has commenced operations.