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India’s Bharti Airtel partners with Amazon to grow cloud business

FILE PHOTO: A girl checks her mobile phone as she walks past the Bharti Airtel office building in Gurugram, previously known as Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bharti Airtel Ltd and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will join forces to develop the Indian telecoms firm’s cloud business, allowing it to offer a wider range of products to its enterprise clients, the two companies said on Wednesday.

Airtel Cloud currently provides data centre and cloud services to companies and governments via different partnerships.

“AWS with the depth and breadth of our platform, and Airtel with its deep reach and expertise and focus, I think together we can build a set of really differentiated cloud products and go serve customers at scale in India,” Puneet Chandok, President, India and South Asia at Amazon Internet Services told a virtual news conference.

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Apple’s Taiwan suppliers, Samsung apply for India’s smartphone scheme

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Taiwan contract manufacturers Foxconn (2317.TW), Wistron Corp (3231.TW) and Pegatron Corp (4938.TW) have applied for India’s $6.65 billion scheme to boost local smartphone manufacturing, the country’s tech minister said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: People wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while listening to the annual general meeting at the lobby of Foxconn’s office in Taipei, Taiwan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

The production-linked incentive (PLI) plan offers companies cash incentives on additional sales of devices made locally over five years, with 2019-2020 as the base year. India hopes it will help turn the country into a global smartphone export hub like neighbouring China.

Apple already assembles some its smartphones, including the iPhone 11, via Foxconn and Wistron’s local unit in two southern Indian states.

Pegatron, one of Apple’s top suppliers, has

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Zoom to open tech centre in India’s Bengaluru

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed between small toy people figures and a keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM.O) said on Tuesday it will open a technology centre in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru and soon begin hiring as part of an expansion push in the country.

Potential areas of expansion for the new technology centre include research and development, IT, security as well business operations, Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, told a virtual news conference.

San Jose, California-based Zoom already has an office and a data centre in India’s financial capital Mumbai and a second data centre in Bengaluru.

It could add more local data centres based on its growth needs, Sankarlingam said. The company did not disclose investment plans for India or the number of people

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India’s Reliance seen emerging as bigger threat for U.S. firms like Amazon, Walmart

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – A $20 billion fund raising spree may take India’s Reliance (RELI.NS) closer to its dream of becoming a digital giant, further threatening the ambitious plans U.S. companies like Amazon (AMZN.O), Walmart (WMT.N) and Zoom have for India.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing firector of Reliance Industries, gestures as he answers a question during a media interaction in New Delhi, India, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abid

Stake sales in Reliance’s digital unit Jio Platforms attracted not just private equity and sovereign wealth funds but also Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O), a strong endorsement for an enterprise that until a few years ago focussed largely on oil refining.

Some industry watchers equate Reliance’s digital plans – which extend from online shopping and cloud computing to telecom and digital payments – to China’s Alibaba (BABA.N) and Tencent

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