Telecoms giant BT has announced plans to hire 6,000 more workers in India and expand its existing operations in the south Asian country.
BT, which already employs 1,200 people in India, is predicting that its business interests in the subcontinent will reach $250 million (£131 million) within the next three years.
The company has today applied for national long distance and international long distance licences from the Indian government, as well as revealing alliance plans with utility Jubilant Enpro.
BT wants to use the telecoms licences to offer services to Indian corporate customers, and intends to bring its workforce in the country to more than 7,000 before the end of the decade.
Commenting on the joint venture with Jubilant, Andy Green, chief executive officer of BT Global Services, said: "India is one of the fastest growing markets for BT and our strategic partnership with Jubilant Enpro will strengthen our ICT deployment in India. With this alliance and under local licensing, customers can be assured of world class end-to-end global services."
Mr Green described today's expansion plans as a "landmark development", adding that: "With these licences and planned investment, we will be able to provide the same high levels of services in Bangalore as we do in Boston, and in Mumbai as we do in Madrid."