Bangalore, India - August 10, 2010: Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), has become the first company headquartered in India to be recognized as a Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF) by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for publishing the Bluetooth specifications, administering the qualification program and licensing the Bluetooth trademarks.
A BQTF is formally recognized by the Bluetooth SIG as competent to perform those Bluetooth qualification conformance tests identified as "Category A" within the Test Case Reference List and Test Plan Generator. To conduct the Bluetooth Protocol Conformance Testing, Wipro has launched a state-of-the-art test lab on the premises of its testing facilities at the Wipro Campus in Electronic City Bangalore, where it will independently test submitted products from Bluetooth SIG members around the world.
The testing lab was inaugurated by Andy Glass, Chief Technology Officer of the Bluetooth SIG and Gangadharaiah CP, Senior Vice President & Worldwide Head of Testing Services, Wipro Technologies. Trained engineers from Wipro will now test submitted products for conformance to Bluetooth Qualification tests’, using the well-defined and focused testing procedures created by the SIG. Bluetooth Qualification is the certification process required for any product using Bluetooth wireless technology and is a necessary pre-condition of the intellectual property license for Bluetooth technology.
Talking about the entry of Bluetooth technology enabled products in the Indian market, Andy Glass, Chief Technology Officer of the Bluetooth SIG said, “India is known for its strong software expert pool. Many profiles and the protocol stacks of Bluetooth- enabled products were developed in India. This market is influential in the Bluetooth Original Equipment Manufacturer automotive market and also in the Bluetooth mobile advertising.” Further commenting on the SIG recognition of Wipro, he added, “We value Wipro’s long tradition and experience in managing Qualification programs as well as their infrastructure product testing. We are excited to have Wipro support the SIG qualification program and expect the Wipro Lab in India to be used by many SIG members.”
As Gangadharaiah CP, Senior Vice President & Worldwide Head of Wipro Testing Services, affirmed, “Wipro, as the largest third party Testing Services organization, has always tried to invest in Centres of Excellence that build best practices and reusable assets. Our investment in the Bluetooth compliant Testing lab enables a vivid extension of our Product Engineering testing offerings in the mobile and wireless technology space.”
Market segments for Bluetooth technology have expanded significantly and use of the technology has expanded beyond headset and mobile phone applications to high-growth market segments including health and fitness and gaming. Gaming is now the second largest application in terms of Bluetooth shipments. In 2009 alone, more than 1000 new Bluetooth enabled product designs were evolved and over 3000 Bluetooth enabled products were tested and qualified. Given such burgeoning market opportunities, the new facility promises to bring great opportunities for Wipro, especially as it is the only accredited testing facility in India at present.
All Bluetooth SIG members can now start submissions to Wipro. Full details of the program are available on the Bluetooth SIG Website (www.bluetooth.org) and on www.wipro.com
Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified global IT services organization. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V 1.2 across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application management, and datacenter managed services to corporations globally.
In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India, offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services.
Wipro also has a profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro's ADS' are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange.
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About Bluetooth SIG
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is a privately held, not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1998. The main tasks for Bluetooth SIG are to publish Bluetooth specifications, administer the qualification program, protect the Bluetooth trademarks, and evangelize Bluetooth wireless technology. The SIG has more than 13,000 member companies, which are leaders in the telecommunications, computing, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial automation, and network industries. SIG members drive the development of Bluetooth wireless technology, and implement and market the technology in their products. Bluetooth SIG has offices throughout the world and a growing staff of marketing, engineering, and operations professionals.
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