India IT News Capsule - June 2006, Issue 5

  • Australia Bank to outsource jobs to India: Australia's leading bank Westpac has indicated possibilities of outsourcing customer service oriented jobs to India.
  • SMS in India might turn expensive: With TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) planning on Interconnect charges for SMS on the lines of voice calls, SMS might turn out to be costlier that at present.The move would mean that telecom vendors have to share SMS bills of other vendors too. This move is being made to ease the pressure on certain vendors who face a deluge of SMSes due to difference in SMS pricing between vendors.
  • Larsen and Toubro Infotech targets $1 Billion: L&T Infotech has set its eyes on $ 1 Billion revenue by the end of the decade. The company has clearly hinted at a two pronged approach that will give it a better shot at the target: Acquisition route and Targeting valuable customers
  • E-Passports by 2013: The Ministry of External Affairs has come out with a plan to issue e-Passports to all Indians by 2013. The scheme that will be initially implemented for diplomats and officials would be opened up for all citizens by 2013.
  • ICICI OneSource plans BPO in N. Ireland: ICICI OneSource, one of India's leading business process outsourcing company, announced on Tuesday it would invest in setting up outsourcing centers in Northern Ireland, creating around 1,000 jobs over the next two years.