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Indian telecoms provider Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver cloud solutions to customers across the country.
The partnership heavily features Airtel Cloud, the telco’s multi-cloud product and solutions business. Airtel Cloud will build an AWS Cloud Practice, as well as develop Airtel Cloud products and capabilities leveraging AWS services.
Airtel Cloud will offer customers various AWS services as part of the collaboration, as well as ‘leveraging AWS’s innovation and transformation services across analytics, data warehousing, Internet of Things and machine learning to help customers adopt new services and migrate to the cloud from legacy infrastructures’, the company added.
“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,” said Harmeen Mehta, CIO and head of cloud and security at Bharti Airtel. “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.”
The deal marks another interesting inflection point for the hyperscale cloud providers hitting the dual targets of telecom providers and the burgeoning Indian market. In January, Airtel partnered with Google Cloud while this time last year Microsoft secured a 10-year deal with Reliance Jio, another Indian network operator.
India’s cloud computing market, as evinced by the most recent Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) report last month, has seen something of an upturn. ACCA said India, which had risen two places to 10th out of 14 nations, had seen ‘small but noticeable’ improvements across all parameters, albeit with a longstanding weakness in infrastructure.
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