Trend Micro's plans

KOLKATA DEC. 4. Enthused by the much higher growth than perceived, the Tokyo based antivirus software major Trend Micro Inc. is considering investments in India. Trend controls over 27 per cent of the high value server/gateway antivirus market.

Talking to newspersons here recently Ajit Pillai, channel manager, SME and SOHO segment, said the company was "hardly three years away from setting up a shop in India". Though declined to divulge further details about the investment plan, he said the primary focus would be to service the customers.

Underlining the need to hit a targeted business volume before making any investment he said the company which had entered the Indian market only one and a half years back was `growing at a faster rate than targeted'.

Registered a sales turnover of $241 million in 2001, up by over 40 per cent, Trend Micro is spread over 23 countries with 1600 employees on its pay rolls. The company's client list in the country includes VSNL, Reliance, Sify and so on.

Visiting the city in connection with the Infocom, 2002, Mr. Pillai said the wireless communications segment especially cellular telephony was set to open new opportunities for antivirus manufacturers.

"Some of these PC based viruses with mobile pay loads have already been reported in Japan and the Philippines". Stating that the threat perception would increase with a rise in the population of WAP enabled phones set to reach 1.3 billion in 2004 from 99 million in 2000, Mr. Pillai said Trend was now working with Nokia on some anti-virus application patches.

With new viruses being innovated at the rate of 50 a day and using newer forms of replication, infection and points of entry, "anti-virus is no more a bugs business but a services industry," he feels.

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