British Telecom to Partner with IISc to Set Up Research Centre in Bengaluru


British Telecom’s new research facility will focus on developing artificial intelligence, mobility and cybersecurity technologies

Global telecom giant, British Telecom has announced that it will set up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The Centre will focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies, and utilise these in the company’s programmes, products and services.

The company said that the Bengaluru research unit would be a part of its collaborative research units in China, Northern Ireland, the UAE and the US. British Telecom is also set to combine academic, industry and government partnerships.

To boost relations in technology segment

IISc Director Anurag Kumar opines that the collaboration is essential for progress in the emerging telecom technologies. According to him, it is a way to develop relations between the two nations, mainly in the technology segment, which is important to the growth of the economy.

Howard Watson, Chief Technology and Information Officer, British Telecom, considers India as an IT and technology powerhouse. The presence of the telecom company in India will further enhance its already established network of 10,300 people in technology, service and support areas in around 180 countries worldwide.

According to the company’s statement, the new centre in Bengaluru will also complement its relationship with the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, which is focused on elastic optical networks and quantum key distribution technologies.

IISc is one of the most reputed institutions of India that provides advanced education and research in science and engineering. It has been collaborating with industry partners to work on problems of mutual interest, with 42 departments, 500 faculty and over 4,000 students.

Earlier, British Telecom had opened a new cybersecurity operations’ centre at Gurugram, Haryana, to monitor threats against the firm’s assets and its customers’ networks, and  detect, analyse and mitigate cyber threats in real time.