Zoom zooms in on India with Bengaluru tech center


Zoom Video Communications Tuesday announced it would expand its presence in India by opening a new technology center in Bengaluru, where it will hire key talent over the next few years.

Zoom, which already has an office in Mumbai, did not disclose the number of people it was planning to hire for the Bengaluru center, but said there would be “a lot of hiring”.

“Zoom is focused on providing the best unified communications experience in the world and we are thrilled to open a technology center in Bengaluru, which will be an innovation hub for our communications platform,” Velchamy Sankarlingam, president of product and engineering for Zoom, told reporters during a video call.

“The talent in India is truly exceptional and we are looking forward to expanding our DevOps, IT, security, and business operations teams here as we scale our operations.”

Zoom, which has two data centers in the country, said it was planning to triple its strength in its Mumbai office.

This growing presence is in direct response to Zoom’s increased level of adoption by users across India.

From January to April 2020, Zoom said it has seen 6,700 percent growth in free user sign ups in India.

The company said it would immediately begin recruiting engineers, IT, security, and business operations headcount in the area.

Employees would work from home until the pandemic-related remote work has subsided, the company said.

“We are proud to provide our services for free to over 2,300 educational institutions in India during the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to continuing to work with the people and government of India hand-in-hand,” Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said in a statement.

“We plan to hire key employees for the technology center over the next few years, pulling from India’s highly educated engineering talent pool. This facility will play a critical role in Zoom’s continued growth.”