Currently, the company has a team of about 250 people here working on these areas and a larger team of around 550 in China.

"We are making India a major manufacturing hub and in process, we are expanding design, testing and R&D teams also. We will invest about Rs 200 crore in the next one-one and half years," said Lava International CMD Hari Om Rai.

In July, Lava had said it will invest Rs 2,615 crore over the next seven years to set up two manufacturing units in India. Once operational, the units will have a combined capacity of 18 million handsets per month.

Global handset makers like Samsung and domestic players like Micromax and Spice have assembly units in India. Recently, international players like Xiaomi, Gionee and Asus have announced assembly units in India in partnership with electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh.

Handset makers are looking to tap the multi-billion dollar opportunity in India, one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world.