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Plans to expand operations in India; to increase spending to $1 m by 2009-end

The solution is priced at Rs. 500 for single user

To open regional office in Hyderabad soon

NEW DELHI: Eyeing big on the fast-growing Indian information technology market, Russian software company Kaspersky plans to launch its latest range of products, particularly its security solutions. The company is also planning to expand its operations in India, which includes setting up of an office.

“Due to its ease of use and continuous updates, our products have become popular all around the world, including India. As our latest products have already become a trendsetter in the Indian security solutions market, it is the right time to expand our market development programme,” Kaspersky Director (Channel-South Asia) Alexander Gnatusin told The Hindu.

“We are expanding our presence in India and soon will be opening our regional office in Hyderabad. We are also looking at extending our product line in India, besides setting up our marketing initiatives. We plan to increase our spending to $1 million by 2009-end,” he said. Kaspersky hopes to clock $15 million revenues over the next two years from its Indian operations, thus registering over 100 per cent growth rate.

According to Mr. Gnatusin, they have launched a security solution ‘Kaspersky Internet Security 2009’, which provides protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, hijacking, and identity thefts, and is equipped with virtual keyboard and parental control.

The solution is priced at about Rs. 500 for single user. Stating that mobile solutions would be a major revenue earner for them, Mr. Gnatusin said with the increased sales of data-centric and multi-media handsets, security threat had also gone up.

“We will be offering a wide range of solutions for this segment as well,” he said. Kaspersky is already offering security solutions for Symbian and Windows-enabled mobile handsets and is working on solutions for Blackberry devices as well.