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Avaya Global Leadership Engages with Indian Government On Digital India Plans

Hyderabad, India; April 13, 2016: With digital transformation of businesses, organizations and governments on the rise, Avaya is engaging with key leaders around the world to discuss their vision and how to make it a reality. In India, Avaya’s global leadership met with Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the country’s IT and Telecoms Minister, to discuss the country’s ambitious plan for Digital India. Avaya also met with Mr. Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Telangana’s IT Minister, to review the ‘Digital Telangana’ initiative, which endeavors to deliver connectivity to more than 8.5 million households -- more than 32 million people -- living in rural and other parts across the Telangana state by the end of 2018. The vision is to make Telangana the country’s leading state for technology innovation.
 Avaya CEO, Kevin Kennedy, outlined Avaya’s current focus and presence in India and how that can help support the state’s vision:
  • Avaya today is a software and services company that recruits and retains the best talent across India for Avaya sales and services operations.
  • Avaya R&D hubs in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune generate 12 per cent of the company’s global patents annually.
  • The R&D hubs in India own the innovation cycle for an important portion of the Avaya strategic solutions.
  • The acquisition of KnoahSoft, a Hyderabad-based software company, is an example of the Avaya strategy to identify those companies with capabilities that complement and enhance our solutions anywhere in the world.
Nidal Abou Ltaif, Avaya International President, said: “T-HUB, a unique partnership between the Government of Telangana and the start-up ecosystem, is a particularly exciting project as it promotes entrepreneurship, creates opportunity, and fuels innovation.  Avaya has its largest R&D centers in India, one of which is in Hyderabad, and there will be immense opportunities to transfer knowledge, expertise and innovation into T-HUB to enable the creative minds of the state to innovate.”
Minister KT Rama Rao, said:  “Our self-certification system enables any investor to self-certify quickly and easily. Recent legislation makes our bureaucrats accountable, and the strategically-located land and abundant human resources offer investors skilled resources from Telangana that are unique to India and the world.”
Vishal Agrawal, MD for Avaya India, said: “Avaya is determined the help its customers in India to transform to the digital age and is excited about the opportunities to work with private and public sector leaders. We are committing our R&D strengths and innovation to find the right smart digital solutions to address the nation’s pressing needs today and in the future.”
Avaya hosted its third annual CXO India Summit in Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, which brought together 50 of the country’s top CXOs with Avaya executives for sessions and discussions focused on innovation and digital transformation.   
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