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BPO firm Aegis mulls shutting Srinagar ops, but not over Kashmir unrest

The decision to shut down was driven by the ongoing slowdown in the telecom sector, rather than unrest in Kashmir

Neha Alawadhi  |  New Delhi 

Representative image of a BPO
Representative image of a BPO

Business process management firm Aegis was considering shutting down its operations, but the local administration stepped in to bail out 70 employees whose jobs were on the line. The decision to shut down was driven by the ongoing slowdown in the telecom sector, rather than unrest in Kashmir.

Aegis' centre currently employs about 80-90 people but can staff nearly 250 seats with an employment potential of over 700. However, due to a slowdown in the telecom sector, the operations had taken a hit, with local media reports claiming last year that the company will shut shop.

However, on Sunday, the Srinagar District Administration tweeted:

Aegis has been present in Srinagar since 2010. Last year, when reports suggested it would exit Srinagar, Aegis had said it was talking to the local government for generating employment opportunities.

"We would continue to serve some of the leading BFSI clients in J&K and therefore would remain committed to working with the local authorities for J&K’s inclusive growth and its highly skilled workforce," Aegis said in a statement on Monday.

Vodafone-Idea, one of Aegis' telecom customers serviced out of the Srinagar centre, reported a loss of Rs 4,873 crore and a sequential decline of 4.3 per cent in revenue to Rs 11,270 crore after its strategy of weeding out low revenue subscribers backfired.

"Any industry (telecom) impacted from the topline will have a downstream impact on service providers," said an industry analyst who did not wish to be named. The analyst added that as internet browsing becomes more ubiquitous and customers become more technology savvy, they prefer to browse and get answers to their queries related to telecom services, and not through a call centre. This results in fewer calls and hence decreased business for players like Aegis.

Aegis, earlier part of the Essar Group, was sold in 2017 to private equity firm Capital Square Partners for Rs 2,000 crore.

First Published: Mon, August 19 2019. 20:31 IST