Why Remote Work is an opportunity for India? — Kiara Channel by Daisuke & Meheru
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Perfect environment for remote workers and freelancers in India; educationally, geographically, and financially.
Interview for an Indian freelancer Meharu by Daisuke, the multi-language translation apps developer
Remote work opens up a lot of opportunities for women. Daisuke, the developer of Kiara, a Slack bot with real-time translation in 100 Languages, interviewed Meharu, a freelancer from India.
A country that was historically strong in numbers has become an IT driven nation
Historically, Indians have been strong for numbers and science. It is known that Indian mathematician Brahmagupta was the first to give rules to compute with zero. Meharu said that Indian students still study mathematics and science hard, so the foundation to be an IT driven nation had been ready.
Since India was young and developing country that just declared independence in 1947, many innovation has been occurred and accepted. Around 1998, IT industry came to India. According to Meharu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, persuaded Bill Gates to make Hyderabad High-tech city. As a result, Hyderadad is home to many IT companies including the global conglomerates such as Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, and major Indian firms such as Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services.
Relationship to other countries, the US, EU and Africa
There are many remote workers and freelancers in India thanks to the good IT environment.
For the Indian IT freelancers, the main clients are American companies. Although they have 9 hours time differences, there is no problem when Indian remote workers work at evening or night since the morning time in the US is the evening in India. In addition, it is easy to access to the magnificent IT companies for Indians because many IT companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Amazon have a home in High-tech city in India, and a bunch of Indian students who graduated the universities in the US are working in the IT company in US.
On the other hand, they do not have many clients from EU countries in spite of the small time gap rather than the US. The reason for that is as the financially and economically reasons such as the EU companies prefer to local workers. Meharu said that, especially, the budget shown by EU companies are not match for Indian freelancers.
It might be vague or unwell-known about the market in Africa, but it is very fascinating. There are many talented and high educated hard workers, also the internet environment are getting better and better.
Internet infrastructure in India: getting faster and cheaper
For the remote workers, one of the most important things are internet environment since it is difficult to complete their work under slow or off-and-on circumstances. 15 years ago, the internet environment in India was terrible that was slow, expensive and limited place. However, it is getting better in this 8 years since the internet infrastructure has been established. Meharu is using fibernet which speed is 15 Mbps and can be up to 100 Mbps if she changes the plan. In addition people can work anytime and everywhere because they can connect to the internet everywhere including train stations and bus stops.
The cost is significant for the remote workers too. In India, JIO, an Indian mobile network operator, provides the plan that 10 to 30 GB free use everyday, or other company has the 15 GB free plan just paying 700 rupee (about 10 USD) per month. People can get a laptop computer cheaply in India, for example, basic model fo HP or Lenovo is 200 to 300 USD in India. Therefore, it is easy to start remote work in India under the good internet environment and low cost to the equipment.
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