Satyam is expected to fill that gap, and Tech Mahindra is already selling enterprise software development and services from Satyam to some of its customers in the telecommunications sector. Satyam will also be able to use Tech Mahindra's expertise in telecommunications to offer mobility technology to its enterprise customers, Kalra said.
A merger will not bring significant benefits to customers as Satyam's strengths are mainly in ERP implementations, Apte said. Customers will look for application development and maintenance services and business process outsourcing (BPO), which are small businesses currently for both Satyam and Tech Mahindra.
The companies have not finalized a date for the merger. BT is meanwhile divesting 5.5 percent of its 29.9 percent stake in Tech Mahindra to promoter Mahindra & Mahindra. Tech Mahindra did not discuss the reasons for the divestment, or its implications.
Selling its stake in Tech Mahindra will help BT raise cash as well as gives it the flexibility to explore other suppliers, Apte said. The investment in Tech Mahindra is a legacy from a time when there weren't many top quality outsourcers in India, and customers had to set up their own centers or invest in a supplier, he said.
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