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Tulip Telecom to Sell Stake in Data Center Unit in 8 Weeks

Tulip Telecom Ltd. (TTSL), an Indian technology company that stores customer data and provides network connectivity to the local unit of AT&T Inc., aims to complete a stake sale in its data center unit in eight weeks.

The company, based in New Delhi, expects to raise 2.7 billion rupees ($60.3 million) from the share sale and plans to use the funds to expand its data storage business, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jain said in a phone interview.

“Quite a few Indian and foreign firms are interested and we are within our time frame,” he said. “A decent number” of potential partners are keen to buy the stake, Jain said.

Tulip, whose customers include Bharti Airtel Ltd. (BHARTI), Alstom SA and Royal Philips Electronics NV, is seeking to tap the market for data centers in India, which is forecast to grow 23 percent over the next three years to 118 billion rupees, according to CyberMedia Research.

The company’s shares rose as much as 3.6 percent in Mumbai trading before closing 2.4 percent higher at 163.7 rupees. They have declined 6.8 percent this year, compared with a 10.2 percent drop in the Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark Sensitive Index.

The company plans to sell as much as 30 percent of Tulip Data Center Pvt. to help expand its Bangalore facility. The 900,000 square-foot (83,613 square meters) data center will house equipment to serve mobile-phone companies that have begun to offer high-speed data services in the world’s second-largest cellular market.

New Customers

The partner that buys stake in the data center business will bring expertise and help Tulip attract new customers, Jain said.

The company plans to spend 6.5 billion rupees in the year to March 31, of which two billion rupees will be invested in the Bangalore center, he said.

Tulip’s sales grew 20 percent to 23.5 billion rupees last fiscal year. “We expect similar traction to continue this financial year,” Jain said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jay Shankar in Bangalore News at jshankar1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Arijit Ghosh at aghosh@bloomberg.net

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