More growth to Yahoo! India: Prabhakar Raghavan

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Bangalore, Dec 17: International website Yahoo's Indian research and development (R&D) centre will continue to cater to the global information technology market.

"Our India operations, namely Yahoo! India, has its R&D centre in Bangalore. It was set up for doing product innovations for not only India but also for the global market. This function of our R&D centre will continue and even grow in the future," Head, Yahoo! Research, Prabhakar Raghavan, said here.

"India has the right atmosphere for catering to the global market by providing Internet services, technological tools and marketing solutions for businesses both in India and internationally. We have almost 1,500 employees in the Bangalore R&D centre itself, which is a huge number for any one centre. This shows the capability of the centre to be an international hub for IT related activities," Raghavan said.

The Yahoo! Research Head was here to attend a two-day summit on the IT sector called Infovision 2007.

On the prospects of the convergence of mobile phone and Internet application in India, Rahgavan said that though India and China had many mobile devices, most of them were not data-rich phones, not fully digital.

"The challenge here is to create service and monetisation models that would help serve the market in a better way. We have such programmes in the pipeline. The challenge is also to find a greater variety of services to appeal to a larger audience," he said.

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