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February 5, 1998


Siemens bullish on India

Email this story to a friend. Siemens Public Communication Networks Limited, the second largest group within Siemens with a DM12-billion turnover, is gearing for a "growth phase'' in India.

SPCNL Director Franz Beinvogl has said "The company plans to either maintain its workforce at existing levels or prune it in countries such as Germany, the US and Austria. In India it is poised to grow at the rate of 100
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people per year in the next three years.

"In three years of SPCNL's inception in India, we've grown at the rate of 100 people per year and will continue to grow at this rate in the next few years. Of the total workforce of about 9,000 worldwide involved in software development for public communications network group, Germany has about 4,600, Austria 1,400, the US 830 and India 400,'' he revealed.

He said that "Nowadays, worldwide, the cost pressure on companies is phenomenal,'' and the main reason for the company to invest in more manpower in India is the low cost of software development.

The software division of SPCNL, which developed the software for the Basic Craft Terminal and the Advanced Multifunctional Operator Service System which were launched globally recently, is now ready with the software for two other products.

While the BCT is a management system for the basic operation, administration and maintenance of the Siemens electronic digital telephone switching system telephone exchanges, ADMOSS is a futuristic operator service system for network providers and works with Siemens EWSD telephone exchanges.

SPCNL is now ready for the launch of the Automatic Generation of Announcements and Access Integrator ML-OS. Most of the software for these products has been developed in India, he said.

Beinvogl said the access network provides an interface between the subscribers and the local switches. The ML-OS (multi-link operations system) is installed at a centralised location and is operated 24 hours a day.

It has access to a large number of access network elements for remote control and the main features are fault management, configuration management, performance management, security management and subscriber line testing.

Siemens and SCS of India have jointly developed ML-OS. Speaking of ALINA, he said a telephone exchange has to supply hundreds of different announcements to subscribers in different languages, depending on the country in which the switch is used.

To ease administration and reduce required memory capacity, individual words/speech fragments are stored in the system. The individual complete announcement is generated out of the fragments automatically when required.

Siemens Public Communications is a 70:30 joint venture between Siemens Germany and Siemens Limited India. The software division is a 100 per cent export-oriented unit.

All products developed here are delivered to Germany for their worldwide launch by Siemens Germany.

For a public communication network, software is required for three different types of products: The network elements (exchanges, multiplexers and radio stations); network management systems which support the remote control of the network; and tools to support development, planning and engineering activities.

The software division of SPCNL is currently involved in network management systems and tool development. The division is involved in making network products (remote control of the network and in developing hardware and software for the tools for support).

Moreover, the division has also made a beginning in developing network elements, which calls for a high degree of expertise by developing the software for ADMOSS.

"We've made a start by developing ADMOSS. But in my opinion we, at Bangalore, still do not have the level of experience to develop network elements which I am sure we will acquire as we have employees grow with the organisation,'' Beinvogl said.

- Compiled from the Indian media

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