What Makes Kochi the Ideal IT Destination?
Kochi or Cochin, also known as “Queen of Arabian Sea”, a port city located in the south-western coast of India, is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala. It is a booming technopolis where hundreds of IT/ITES companies operate in its IT hub, the Infopark. Kochi has a thriving and skilled IT community and is one of the fastest growing offshore software development centres in India.
We’ve curated the top 5 reasons as to why it is regarded as an ideal IT destination.
- Investor-Friendly City
Kochi has always attracted foreign investment into its shores, with some of the best multinational companies setting up their bases here. MNCs like Microsoft, Ernst & Young, KPMG, TCS, Wipro, Cognizant Technologies, Baker Hughes, Etisalat are some of the companies that’s already established their offshore centers in Kochi, thus contributing to the volume of IT exports from India.
- World-Class Infrastructure
The Cochin Special Economic Zone consisting of Infopark, SmartCity (LEED Platinum certified) and other industrial and IT parks have the best infrastructural facilities, both technical and non-technical, that conform to international standards.
The physical infrastructure of Kochi is also robust – well maintained highways, substations, railway stations, the Cochin International Airport and above all the Kochi Metro rail system.
- Strong Talent Pool
It’s estimated that nearly 11% of India’s IT pool has skilled human resources from Kerala. And, the contribution of Kochi is no less – the educational institutions here, especially the engineering colleges, produce the brightest minds ready to be absorbed by IT companies. Infopark, alone, employs nearly 42,000 software professionals.
- Seamless Connectivity
Uninterrupted high-speed internet access is another highlight of Kochi. This is possible due to inexpensive 15 Gbps bandwidth received via fibre-optic submarine cables, SEA-ME-WE 3 and SAFE, both of which have their landing points in Kochi at VSNL’s International Communication Gateway, near Infopark.
The city has strong telecommunication services with 100% digitized telephone exchanges, besides mobile network and data service providers.
- Low Cost Advantage
Last but not the least, the operational costs and labour costs in Kochi are very low compared to other IT/ITES destinations of India. When a developer in the West charges anywhere between $70-$100 per hour, a developer in Kochi can get your work done withing range of $15-$30 per hour. Thus, you can keep your development costs within your budget.
Now, don’t you think it’s time to hire offshore team in Kochi? Establishing a dedicated development team here will help you build high-grade products and of course your business will have predictable profit margins.