The Videocon Group on Monday announced that it would invest Rs800-1,000 crore in the telecom business in Punjab.
The company may also consider setting up an assembly unit for liquid crystal displays (LCD) and washing machines in the state, Videocon managing director R N Dhoot told reporters in Chandigarh.
With the proposed investment, the company plans to set up an information technology hub for its entire telecom business at Mohali; a call centre with 500 seats initially at Jalandhar; and additional 1,200-1,500 mobile telephony towers, especially in rural areas, to expand coverage, he said.
The proposed IT hub in Mohali will have telecom business related infrastructure, including service delivery platform and MNP network. It will cater to the company's entire telecom requirements, said Videocon director and chief executive officer Arvind Bali.
The company's existing IT hub in Chennai will not be expanded further, he said.
The integrated call centre at Jalandhar will initially have 300 seats, having Tamil, Punjabi, Hindi, English speaking people to support its 2 million telecom customers in Punjab.