Airtel and IBM to work together to bring secure cloud services to Indian businesses

Airtel platform supported by IBM Cloud Satellite will Maruti Suzuki initiatives to streamline plant productivity and quality operations

ARMONK, NY and Bombay, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Bharti Airtel, a leading provider of communications solutions in India with over 358 million subscribers, today announced their intention to work together to deploy Airtel’s cutting-edge computing platform in India, which will include 120 network data centers in 20 cities. Once deployed, the platform is designed to enable large enterprises across multiple industries, including manufacturing and automotive, to accelerate innovative solutions that deliver new value to their customers and operations, securely. on the outskirts.

Airtel’s cutting-edge computing platform, deployed as a hybrid environment based on IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat OpenShift®, extends secure and open cloud services wherever data resides. This can help improve business performance and customer experience by reducing latency while meeting security and data sovereignty requirements, which is critical as workloads increasingly move. towards the periphery.

The business value provided by edge computing can be dramatically enhanced when paired with 5G. In Indiawhere 5G is expected to be deployed later this year, it has the potential to create a cumulative economic impact of $1 trillion by 20351.

Speaking on the job, Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO – Enterprise, Airtel Business said, “As India prepares to experience 5G, we see a huge opportunity to help businesses across all sectors transform the how they deliver goods and services We have the largest data center edge network available in India under the Nxtra brand and we will leverage our work with IBM to help Indian enterprises meet their critical business needs with greater efficiency, making it significantly easier to address workloads where their data resides. »

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, india the largest passenger car manufacturer, intends to use the cutting-edge platform to increase the accuracy and efficiency of factory quality inspections. By deploying this platform, Maruti-Suzuki hopes to strengthen quality control and ensure that their data remains protected at the edge.

“At Maruti Suzuki, we continually strive to meet the highest quality standards by ensuring that our processes and quality control are well above industry standards. Technology is a key enabler in this journey, helping to improve quality, efficiency and deliver the next generation user experience.We are excited to work with Airtel Business and IBM to set an even higher benchmark and explore the vast possibilities of deploying the AI and analytics at the edge to increase the expertise of our workforce,” said Rajesh UppalSenior Executive Director, HR and IT, Maruti-Suzuki.

The work between IBM and Airtel around 5G adoption was announced today at Think Mumbai. Airtel’s solution leverages IBM Maximo Visual Inspection for AI-based quality inspection. IBM Consulting will lead systems integration for the IBM platform. Using this hybrid cloud platform and IBM Consulting’s industry expertise and access to best-in-class technologies and partners, IBM and Airtel Digital engineering teams will create use cases that will leverage Airtel’s 5G connectivity and IBM’s hybrid cloud capabilities to solve the pressing business challenges facing enterprise customers.

Leveraging Airtel’s 5G connectivity and IBM’s highly secure edge computing capabilities can enable enterprises to deploy and manage near real-time workloads. Industries such as telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, and government can benefit from reduced latency, high availability, and increased connectivity speeds.

“As companies – especially those in regulated industries – strive to modernize their infrastructure, they must be able to do so in a way that allows them to remain compliant, without being overburdened by their compliance obligations, regardless of regardless of where their data resides,” said Howard Boville, head of IBM Cloud Platform. “Partnering with Airtel to bring IBM’s hybrid cloud offerings to their Indian multi-access edge compute customers will help them seize the opportunities 5G and the edge present, such as innovating with greater speed and security. .”

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About Airtel

Based at IndiaAirtel is a global communications solutions provider with more than 490 million customers in 17 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks among the top three mobile operators in the world and its networks cover more than two billion people. Airtel is india largest provider of integrated communications solutions and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream fiber which promises speeds of up to 1Gbps with convergence between linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming covering music and video, digital payments and financial services. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a range of solutions including secure connectivity, cloud and data center services, cybersecurity, IoT, advertising technology and cloud-based communication. For more details visit


Hannah Slocum
IBM Global Communications
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Rishiraj Barik
External Relations, IBM India & South Asia
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Madhur Kalra
DGM Corporate Communications, Bharti Airtel
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1 PD Vaghela, Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai)



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