Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, is going to start manufacturing of its wired and wireless solutions in India.
Owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Aruba has invested around $300 million in India over the last five years for the development of its products. With the new initiative, the company will support the Indian government’s Make in India and Digital India practices.
“The fast-growing Indian economy and highly skilled talent pool are critical to the growth of Aruba worldwide. We are committed to fostering the development of the country and its people, through expanding manufacturing in the region. It is a matter of great pride for me personally to lead Aruba and to play a foundational role in its success,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba.
“Data and connectivity are catalysts for growth in India, and Aruba is excited to play an important role in the growth story. We are already investing about $60M USD annully in R&D and this will grow.”
The Make in India and Digital India practices aim to digitally transform the country by connecting people, services and devices. These initiatives need wired and wireless connectivity and reliable infrastructure. Other than connectivity, these services and infrastructure will provide location services, emergency response systems, and crowd management.
The connectivity infrastructure will also deliver training to Indian citizens, and drive employability and entrepreneurship. Thus, the country will become one of the largest consumers of wireless solutions.
With its new move, HPE Aruba will manufacture the products that can meet the market demands and accelerate the initiatives of Indian government to digitally transform the country.
“We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem of product development, software development and innovation in India,” said Santanu Ghose, director – India, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
“JAM – jan-dhan, Aadhar, and mobile-connectivity have been hailed as the building blocks for economic growth as we march towards being a $3 trillion economy by 2020. Ubiquitous data connectivity will play a big role in this growth story, and Aruba, with its strong intellectual property and mobile-first philosophy, is ideally poised to facilitate this growth. The manufacturing capability in India will give us added advantages to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will also deliver benefits and new experiences for other parts of the world as well.”
Initially, the products manufactured by HPE Aruba will be targeted for only Indian market but will grow over the time to be exported to other countries as well. Aruba’s this idea will make India an export hub, eventually supporting the Make in India initiative.
“Wi-Fi network infrastructure is now a key enabler of technological empowerment for Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” said Professor Vivek Singh, BHU, Varanasi.
“I am quite hopeful that Aruba’s plan to start network hardware manufacturing in India will be a significant step towards localization, improving cost structures and enhancing the overall user experience. This will help ensure the rapid development and acceleration of the digital transformation process of Indian HEIs”.