Apple shuts down Indian support center

Apple has decided to shut down its fledgling technical support center in India after only one month, according to a report Saturday in a local newspaper.

Apple informed its employees May 29 of the decision to lay off all 30 staff, according to the Times of India newspaper. The center, intended as offshore technical support for worldwide customers, began operations in April.

Officials at Apple India were not immediately available for comment. The company’s sales and marketing operations in the country will continue, the report said.

Apple’s decision to pull out its technical support center from India comes at a time when some of its competitors like Dell are expanding rapidly in India. Dell announced earlier this year that it would double the number of staff in India to 20,000 over the next three years. Most of the new jobs at Dell India are in customer support.

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