Web browser company Opera Software is setting up a development center in Chandigarh in north India, the company announced Monday.
The center will employ quality assurance testers that support Opera's full range of products. It will also have Opera's 'Open the Web' evangelists, who will help webmasters and developers create sites that are compliant with open standards, the company said.
The center will have about 12 staff in the first year, according to a spokesman for Opera.
The Chandigarh center will be the fourth center run by Opera that is focused on core development, the spokesman added. The company already has development centers in Oslo, and in Linkoping and Gothenburg in Sweden. It also has some engineering staff working on customer support in Tokyo, Beijing, and San Diego in the U.S.
A number of Internet technology companies including Google and Yahoo already have development centers in India. Rather than outsourcing, Opera decided that opening a local office would be the most efficient way to improve its products while attracting the most skilled employee base, the company said.
While most technology companies have their development centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or Delhi, Opera Software of Oslo, Norway has selected a less popular location, perhaps to have easier access to talent. The decision to locate the development center in Chandigarh was influenced by staff of Indian origin that work at Opera, the spokesman said.