Indian IT Firms Connect With Chinese Counterparts

They seek to build a position in China's information technology sector, avert competitive threats, and jointly do IT outsourcing

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Five years ago, when New Delhi-based NIIT Ltd. decided to establish itself in China, the idea was to set up a ground-floor presence in what it expected to be a booming Chinese outsourcing business in information technology (IT). But NIIT soon had to moderate its ambitions, recognizing that the local human capital needed was not yet mature--a problem it confronted head-on by organizing a wide array of local training programs.

Meanwhile, however, its essential thinking has been borne out, as more than a dozen other Indian companies have followed its lead and set up Chinese operations to provide IT services. These include top technology names like Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, with 24 000 professional employees; Satyam Computer Services Ltd. in Secunderabad; and Infosys Technologies Ltd. in Bangalore.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

Connie Zhou/IBM

IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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