To support digital services in the West, telecom chief Bharti Airtel is considering setting up a new technology center in Pune and will hire around 500 digital engineering professionals by the end of the current financial year, a senior company official said.
Confirming the plans, Bharti Airtel chief information officer Pradeepta Kapoor told PTI that the company is rapidly scaling up its internal digital talent pool to support the transition to a digital telco.
“Being an established IT and tech hub in Pune, it makes it an obvious choice for Airtel to tap into the talent pool and drive cross-industry collaboration,” Kapoor said.
This will be Airtel’s fourth digital technology hub in India and the first in the western region to support the strategy of pivoting digital services, especially since 5G services are on the horizon.
Upcoming facilities in Pune will initially house 500 digital engineering professionals.
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Airtel already has similar digital technology hubs in Gurgaon, Bangalore (Airtel X-Lab) and Noida. These facilities employ about 3,000 people.
In addition to top global talent, including Silicon Valley and domestic start-ups, Airtel is recruiting for its digital technology hubs from engineering institutes such as IIT, NITS, IIIT, a company official said.
Airtel claims to have invested more than 46 46 billion over the past few decades to build digital infrastructure on which 40 per cent of India’s economic and digital activities take place.
Airtel’s digital assets include the Airtel Thanks app, the Wynk Music app, and the Airtel Xstream content platform with over 180 million monthly active users.
(With PTI input)