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Collaboration Will Boost Airtel’s Cloud Offerings In Fast-Growing Indian Market

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), one of India’s largest integrated telecom providers, announced a multi-year, Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver a comprehensive set of innovative cloud solutions to large enterprise and small and medium enterprise (SME) customers in India.

Airtel serves over 2,500 large enterprises and more than a million emerging businesses and companies with an integrated product portfolio, including Airtel Cloud, a multi-cloud product and solutions business.

Airtel Cloud will build an AWS Cloud Practice supported by AWS Professional Services, as well as develop differentiated Airtel Cloud products and capabilities leveraging AWS services, Airtel’s data center capabilities, and Airtel’s network and telecoms offerings.

Airtel customers will benefit from an integrated sales, consulting, and support approach from both companies, and improved security, scalability, and cloud management capabilities.

Database migration

Airtel Cloud will offer customers a range of AWS services including Windows on AWS, SAP on AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS, database migration, and security and risk governance solutions. 

In addition, Airtel Cloud will leverage AWS’s innovation and transformation services across analytics, data warehousing, Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning (ML) to help customers adopt new services and migrate  to the cloud from legacy infrastructures.

Commenting on the partnership with AWS, Bharti Airtel CIO & Head – Cloud and Security Business Harmeen Mehta said Airtel endeavour is to enable enterprise customers to stay focused on their core businesses while we drive end-to-end digital transformation for them.

Enterprise agility

“As part of their cloud adoption journey, enterprises are looking for agility, faster migration from legacy systems, and want to work with trusted partners who have the experience and depth in doing this. This collaboration brings AWS, the world’s leading cloud platform, together with Airtel’s deep reach and proven expertise in handling network, data centres, security, and cloud as an integrated solution,” said Bharti Airtel CIO & Head – Cloud and Security Business Harmeen Mehta.

Additionally, Airtel leverages AWS services for development of its digital applications. Airtel is also an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner. AWS Direct Connect is a cloud service solution that makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from a customer’s premises to AWS, providing customers with increased bandwidth throughput, consistent network performance, and private connectivity. 

Industry focus

AWS India and South Asia Commercial Business President Puneet Chandok said he is delighted with the expansion of AWS relationship with Airtel.

“Indian companies are using the cloud to innovate, and in order to operate at an increased scale and speed. Many need partners like Airtel, with deep cloud expertise and an industry-focused approach to support them,” said AWS India and South Asia Commercial Business President Puneet Chandok.

AWS India and South Asia Commercial Business President Puneet Chandok also pointed out that this collaboration gives customers a single point of contact when dealing with complex migrations or custom-built solutions.

“Airtel has demonstrated a strong commitment to our shared customers, and we look forward to continuing working with them to bring innovative solutions to market,” said AWS India and South Asia Commercial Business President Puneet Chandok.

Through multiple strategic alliances, Airtel Cloud already provides data centre services, managed services, and cloud services to top India and global enterprises, start-ups, SMEs, and governments.

IDC India Cloud and Artificial Intelligence Principal Analyst Rishu Sharma said businesses in India are rapidly adopting cloud for digital transformation.

Cloud, AI

“According to the IDC Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker – Forecast 2019H2, the public cloud services market in India is likely to reach $7.1 billion in 2024, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3% from $3.4 billion in 2020,” IDC India Cloud and Artificial Intelligence Principal Analyst Rishu Sharma.

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high-speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had nearly 420 million customers across its operations at the end of June 2020.

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