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Bangalore set to beat Silicon Valley

Agencies | July 30, 2004 13:23 IST

Bangalore is on the verge of overtaking the Silicon Valley as the place with the world's highest concentration of information technology workers, even as American firms continue to send jobs overseas.

The Indian hi-tech city is home to technology giants like Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services and several US-based IT majors.

Karnataka IT and biotechnology secretary Shankaralinge Gowda said that Bangalore has 160,000 professionals working in the IT sector today. This number, he said, will go beyond 200,000 by mid-2005, exceeding the number of high tech workers in Santa Clara County, the center of Silicon Valley, which has 175,100 IT workers, according to California's Employment Development Department.

Information-technology work accounts for 100,000 of these 160,000 jobs in Bangalore, while the remaining are employed in call centres and other business process outsourcing areas,

The US Department of Labor puts the total number of people employed in Santa Clara at 819,900. Of these 175,100 are tech workers, employed in computer design and related services; telecommunications companies; Internet service providers and Web-search portals; data processing, hosting and related services; and computer and electronic product manufacturing.

Meanwhile, quoted Sam Haddad, chairman of the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame and a consulting professor at Stanford University, as saying that the Silicon Valley is not in danger of losing its stature as a tech leader, and it can benefit from competition overseas.

"Silicon Valley is already beginning to reinvent itself, as the region sees new growth in areas such as nanotechnology. I am very optimistic," Haddad was quoted as saying.


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Sub: Banglore set to beat the Silicon valley

It is the same good old Indian habit of tapping their own backs whilst in the middle of the work and let the complacency creeping ...

Posted by Bhaskar Tripathi

Sub: Its all bull!

Dear Readers, I do not know why Rediff feels it this way. We in Bangalore knows that all IT cos are desperately running away from ...

Posted by Sir RD

Sub: Wrong assumptions.

The article says bangalore has total IT and ITES work force of 1,60,00 of which 1,00,000 are in IT. Santa Clara has 1,75,000 total IT ...

Posted by rahul

Sub: Bangalore doesn't compare silicon valley...

As far as business point-of-view is concerned, although bangalore may surpass Sillicon Valley, but never in technology. All the companies in Bangalore are just piece ...

Posted by Nishit

Sub: Really proud moment for India

Its really a matter of pride that India is going to beat US.India has gone hi-tech. Thanx to all Indians for their hard work, for ...

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