BT has announced plans to recruit an additional 6,000 staff in India over the next two years.
The company has applied for international and national phone licenses in India in a bid to boost its overseas operations. It hopes to supply services directly to businesses rather than via domestic operators through its India-based division.
BT already employs about 12,000 staff in India and has had operations in the country for almost 20 years.
“With these licences and planned investment, we will be able to provide the same high levels of service in Bangalore as we do in Boston and in Mumbai as we do in Madrid,” said Andy Green, chief executive of the company’s Global Services division.
BT said it believed its Indian business could generate sales of £131m by 2009.