Airtel to set up a digital technology hub in Pune

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Airtel is aiming to open a new technology center in Pune as part of its developing in-house digital engineering skills. This would be Airtel’s fourth digital technology hub in India and the first in the Western area, bolstering the firm’s goal to transition to a digital services company, particularly as 5G services approach.

The new facility in Pune would house 500 digital engineering workers at first. Airtel is looking for people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, including Big Data, Machine Learning, Dev Ops, Tech ops, and so on.

“Airtel is rapidly scaling up its in-house digital talent pool to support its transformation into a digital telco. Pune being an established IT and tech hub, makes it an obvious choice for Airtel to tap into the talent pool and also drive cross-industry collaboration,”

Pradipt Kapoor, Chief Information Officer, Bharti Airtel.

Similar digital technology clusters already exist in Gurgaon, Bengaluru (Airtel X-Labs), and Noida. Airtel is one of the top IT employers outside of the IT industry, employing almost 3000 workers in these facilities. Airtel is hiring from engineering colleges including as IITs, NITS, and IIITs for its digital technology hubs, in addition to top global talent from Silicon Valley and domestic start-ups.

In a previous couple of decades, Airtel has invested more than $46 billion to build the best digital infrastructure, which now supports 40% of India’s economic and digital activities. Airtel’s digital assets, such as the Airtel Thanks app, Wynk Music app, and the Airtel Xstream multimedia platform, which has over 180 million MAUs, were built entirely in-house. Airtel’s digital engineering teams have also built C-PaaS solution Airtel IQ and Ad-tech platform Airtel Ads, as well as Airtel IoT and other services for the Indian market.

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