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Avaya looks to China for growth

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US telecom and network equipment maker Avaya expects its sales in China to grow at a rate that is "several times its GDP growth" this year, banking on the country's robust economy, especially its banking and insurance industries, a senior company official said.

Avaya, which competes with Cisco, would also look at acquisition opportunities and would devote more resources to transportation, healthcare and telecom sectors to ramp up its business in the country.

"For us, China is a growth area, one that we will continue to invest and expand," said John DiLullo, president of Avaya's Asia Pacific operations.

"It is important in multidimensional ways. We not only count on it as sales engine but also see it as an innovation center thanks to the large pool of engineering talent here," DiLullo said.

China's robust economy, especially the healthy banking and insurance industries, major target customers, means Avaya would continue to see its business grow rapidly in the country, the executive said.

"We expect it to grow (at a rate that is) several times the GDP growth," DiLullo said.

Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, has already enlisted China's top 10 banks and five insurance companies as its customers.

But the company will devote more resources and pay more attention to sectors that are potentially lucrative and are receiving a large piece of investment out of the country's 4-trillion-yuan stimulus package.

"We are going to beef up our presence in the transportation, healthcare and telecom industries and provide them with more advanced solutions to cut costs and raise efficiency," said John Wang, head of Avaya's China operations.

The company recently helped Vanke, one of the largest property developers in China, consolidate its communications infrastructure by centralizing and streamlining its communications across its 20 branches.

Avaya, which has a call center in the coastal city of Dalian, said its headcount there expanded by 50 percent last year.

"We will continue to expand our headcount here this year as the business is dynamic," Wang said.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Avaya looks to China for growth

Avaya looks to China for growthBrendan joined The China Daily in 2007 as a language polisher in the Language Tips Department, where he writes a regular column for Chinese English Language learners, reads audio news for listeners and anchors the weekly video news in addition to assisting with on location stories. Elsewhere he writes Op’Ed pieces with a China focus that feature in the Daily’s Website opinion section.

He received his B.A. and Post Grad Dip from Curtin University in 1997 and his Masters in Community Development and Management from Charles Darwin University in 2003. He has taught in Japan, England, Australia and most recently China. His articles have featured in the Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times, The Asia News Network and in-flight magazines.