As a part of the partnership, Airtel will offer sG Suite services to help small and medium scale businesses. With 325 million subscribers in India, Airtel’s information and communications technology (ICT) has a large number of business clients. The company serves more than 2500 large businesses and over 500,000 SMBs and technology startups across India. With the second-highest number of internet users in the world, India is an important market for Google.
G Suite is a set of intelligent apps designed for business users. These apps include Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and other tools designed with real-time collaboration and machine intelligence. Google claims that these apps can bring people together and help them to work smarter.
In an official statement, Google cloud chief Thomas Kurian said, “Airtel and Google Cloud have a shared vision of delighting customers with great products. India, with its growing economy and adoption of digital services, offers one of the biggest opportunities to serve customers with innovative solutions. The combination of G Suite’s collaboration and productivity tools with Airtel’s digital business offerings will help accelerate digital innovations for thousands of Indian businesses.”
Global cloud players are fighting neck-to-neck to get more users in India. Last year, Microsoft signed a 10-year deal with Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio. The tech firm will set up a network of large data centres across India for Jio. Microsoft will deploy Azure cloud platform in these centres to support offerings.
The current cloud market leader, AWS does not have any similar deal with any of the telecom operator. India’s cloud market is estimated to be more than $7 billion. The partnership with Google will help Airtel in enabling Indian businesses with cloud products.