|Industry||Information Technology Business Park|
|Genre||Infrastructure Service Provider|
|Founded||July 18, 2004|
|Number of locations||Kochi, Thrissur, Cherthala, Ambalappuzha|
|Key people||Hrishikesh Nair, CEO|
|Owner(s)||Government of Kerala|
Infopark, Kochi is an information technology park situated in Kakkanad, in the city of Kochi, India. Established in 2004 by the Government of Kerala, Infopark Phase I is spread over a 101 acres (40.9 ha) campus with more than 3,200,000 sq ft (297,300 m2) of built up area, housing over 80 companies which employ around 17,000 professionals. The park is currently in expansion mode and is adding another 160 acres (64.7 ha) as part of the Phase II expansion. The notable companies in the park include TCS, Cognizant, Wipro, Ernst & Young, Etisalat DB Telecom, IBS Software Services, NeST Software, UST Global, Suntec and Xerox ACS to name a few.
The software exports from Infopark touched Rs 1,350 crores in 2012-2013 with an YoY growth of 23%.
The park is built on the 'Hub and Spoke model' for the development of the Information Technology industry in Kerala. InfoPark, Kochi acts as the hub to the spokes located at Thrissur, Cherthala and Ambalappuzha.
Location and connectivity
Infopark is approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi) from downtown Kochi and 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the Cochin International Airport. Infopark is connected to the Seaport-Airport Road via the "Infopark Expressway", a 4-lane road. The Ernakulam district administration, which comprise the city of Kochi, has proposed a waterway connecting InfoPark to Marine Drive, Kochi.
VSNL's communication gateway, is located close to Infopark. Two submarine cables, SAFE and SEA-ME-WE 3, have their landing points at the gateway. Infopark is directly linked by optical fiber to the gigabyte router of VSNL, which provides the park with 100% uptime data connectivity. Other major bandwidth providers such as BSNL, Reliance, Bharti Airtel and Power Grid Corporation are also present in the park.
Revenue and growth
Over the last few years revenues from Infopark has been growing at an impressive rate. In FY 2008-2009 the park reported a growth of 87% to 463 crore. Infopark has registered almost a four-fold growth in software exports during the last five years. The total exports from the park in FY 2010-2011 was 900 crores.
The software exports from Infopark is expected to touch Rs 1,300 crore in 2012. The IT park which is just seven years old has shown tremendous growth in the number of companies and software exports than any other park in the state. Kochi offers good opportunities for companies keen on reducing operational costs, hiring talented professionals, and reducing the rate of attrition.
Apart from the built-up space for IT, Infopark plans to have a large business convention centre, budget hotels, shopping complexes, commercial centers, recreation and entertainment facilities. Infrastructure development is ongoing.
Kochi InfoPark hosts one of the prominent educational and research institutes. The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM–K) has set up its first satellite campus at Athulya building in InfoPark. The satellite campus, initially, offers one-year residential executive MBA programme as well as two-year part-time programmes in addition to several short and long-term management development programmes. The Government of Kerala has offered five acres of land for the full fledged campus inside InfoPark.
Birmingham Graduate School is another institution at the InfoPark offering International Foundation programs, Under Graduate and Post graduate programs. The facility is located in the Leela InfoPark building. Shadwell's, located in Nirmal InfoPark, is another institute offering management education.
Infopark campus is divided into Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non – SEZ facility. Of the existing 98.25 acres of Infopark, 75 acres has been notified as a Special Economic Zone by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. The infrastructure developed in the park has been classified as Muilti tenanted facility (MTF)and Built to suit (BTS).
Apart from Infopark owned infrastructure (Thapasya, Vismaya, Athulya), parallel developments by co-developers such us Leela Soft, L&T Techpark and Brigade Enterprises are also taking shape in the campus. Thus offering IT companies a choice of office space solutions to fit their requirement and budget. Major Private IT campus by Wipro, TCS and IBS Software are also in progress. When Infopark Kochi Phase-I is fully developed a total super built-up area of 5 million sqft would be completed. The campus includes amenities such as food courts, banking counters, ATM, shopping arcade, etc.
|Building||Available Size||Year of commission|
|Thapasya||125,000 sq ft (11,600 m2)||2003|
|Vismaya||238,500 sq ft (22,200 m2)||2005|
|Athulya||350,000 sq ft (32,500 m2)||2010|
|Leela Phase-1||127,000 sq ft (11,800 m2)||2004|
|Leela Phase-2||330,000 sq ft (30,700 m2)||2009|
|Leela Phase-3||161,858 sq ft (15,000 m2)||2010|
|L&T Tejomaya||400,000 sq ft (37,200 m2)||2008|
|Wipro||1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 m2)||2008|
|Leela Phase-4||251,562 sq ft (23,400 m2)||2012|
|TCS||1,300,000 sq ft (120,800 m2)|
|Brigade group||820,000 sq ft (76,200 m2)|
|Cognizant Technology Solutions||1,500,000 sq ft (139,400 m2)|
|BPO complex||400,000 sq ft (37,200 m2)|
|L&T Signature tower||1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 m2)|
Low rentals clubbed with high quality furnishing makes the Inforpark Kochi an ideal choice for startup enterprises. Uninterrupted power supply is possible to the units through a dedicated 110 KV line from the nearby Diesel Power Plant.
Smart Business Centre (SBC) is provided to facilitate Indian and foreign IT/ITES and knowledge based Companies to commence operations immediately from a plug and play facility at Infopark. Low rentals clubbed with high quality furnishing makes the SBC an ideal choice for startup enterprises or foreign companies who would like to test the environment. Simple procedures and friendly terms give a hassle free office space at the Smart business Center with effective space utilization and common meeting/interview rooms. The Smart business Center has a networked environment with 3 data, 3 voice lines and offers you multiple choices of bandwidth providers. Independent cassette type Air-Conditioner and reliable UPS are also provided for each unit.
Infopark Phase II
Considering the requests of various IT companies and developers for space and land, Infopark Kochi is expanding its activities in Infopark Phase II. This campus is at a distance of around 2 km from Phase I campus and is on the side of Kadamprayar river. The new park is envisaged to be landmark in the IT history of Kerala with both SEZ and Non SEZ type of development and social infrastructure. The new park lies in an extent of 160 acres in the neighbouring Kunnathunad- Puthencruz villages of Kunnathunad Taluk, Ernakulam District. The Board of Approvals (BoA) of the Union Ministry of Commerce have granted SEZ status to the 98 acres in Infopark phase II.
Master plan for second phase envisages infrastructure development for cost effective Software development blocks in SEZ and non SEZ clusters, BPO complexes, utility services including substation, water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, road net work etc. The park will be designed as an eco friendly green park with high energy saving measures and least carbon emission. The existing eco system will be maintained to the highest possible level. Apart from the built up space for IT, the park will have a large business convention centre the first of its kind in Kochi, budget hotels, shopping complexes, commercial centres, recreation and entertainment centres.
Infopark along with its co-developers expect to create 8 million sq.ft. of IT/ITES/BPO and associated basic infrastructure and commercial and social infrastructure space. The basic infrastructure that will be developed by Infopark will include a 220 kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) with distribution facilities, access and internal roads, storm water drains, cable trenches, water treatment and supply, data connectivity, etc. Master Plan of the Park has been developed by Cannon Design, New York based Architectural Consultant.
Three multinational companies have already evinced interest in the Rs 2,500 crore, 8 Million sqft Phase II of Infopark Kochi. The second phase, which will create 80,000 software jobs, is expected to be completed in eight years. Infrastructure development will be undertaken in a phased manner and will be completed by 2011. The construction of first IT building of around 5 lakhs sq.ft. have commenced and is expected to be complete by December 2012. On full completion total employment expected to be generated in this new campus is 80,000.
Cognizant Technology Solutions has signed contract with Government of Kerala to build a 1.6 Million Sq.Ft self owned campus in 15 acres in Infopark phase II. The new campus will create 12,000 new employment opportunities once it is fully operational.
Infrastructure - Phase II
|Building||Available Size||Year of commission|
|IT Building||395,337 sq ft (36,700 m2)||2013|
Infopark has branched out to nearby cities and towns. Infopark Thrissur has started functioning at Koratty in Thrissur since October 2009. Koratty is 45 km away from Kochi. The other two branches in Cherthala, Ambalappuzha are currently under construction.
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