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|November 6, 1997||
HCL bags Intelsat's only offshore projectHCL Corporation's software development centre at Madras will be the only one in the country to undertake work on a project to develop software for managing global satellite communications giant International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation's fleet of 26 satellites.
Intelsat's first ever offshore information technology development project is subsequent to an agreement signed between the world's largest commercial satellite communications service provider and HCL Corporation's American subsidiary.
Of the 19 software development centres that HCL Corporation has across the country, the Madras centre has the expertise required as per the terms of the agreement, the HCL Corporation official said. The agreement calls for the development of software as part of Intelsat's mission-critical systems that provide voice, data and video services to over 200 countries via satellite.
As per the agreement, HCL will convert the global satellite communication service provider's existing processes to NT 4.0 and chart the Microsoft path for the enterprise. The Madras centre will be the only offshore site that will undertake a part of the job to help Intelsat make a transition from a predominantly OS/2 environment to Windows NT.
HCL Corporation's performance for 1996-97 saw the overall turnover increase 25 per cent from Rs 16 billion to Rs 20 billion with overseas revenue amounting to about Rs 5.4 billion.
The project will extend beyond the first phase depending on the two companies involved and their compatibility, the HCL official said.
HCL had recently partnered with CIGNA Property and Casualty division of CIGNA Corp, one of the world's larger insurance providers, to form the CIGNA-HCL Technology Centre. The centre, a dedicated software development and maintenance facility for the joint development of insurance applications, is the first of its kind for CIGNA outside the US.
HCL also has a software development centre in collaboration with Cisco in Madras and a SAP centre of excellence in NOIDA.
- Compiled from the Indian media
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