Airtel and IBM Partner to Offer Secured Edge Cloud Services to Indian Enterprises

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

ARMONK, New York and MUMBAI, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Bharti Airtel, a leading provider of communications solutions in India with more than 358 million subscribers today announced their intention to collaborate in the delivery of Airtel’s edge computing platform 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 bring new value to their customers and operations – safe at the edge.

Airtel’s 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 the customer experience by reducing latency while meeting data security and sovereignty requirements—critical as workloads increasingly shift to the edge.

The business value of edge computing can be significantly increased when combined with 5G. in the Indiawhere 5G is expected to roll out later this year, it has the potential to have a cumulative economic impact 1 trillion dollars until 20351.

Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO – Enterprise, Airtel Business said of the work: “As India prepares for the 5G experience, we see a tremendous opportunity to help businesses across all industries transform the way they deliver goods and services deliver, transform. We have the largest edge network available in data centers India under the Nxtra brand, and we will leverage our collaboration with IBM to help Indian companies meet their critical business needs more efficiently, making it significantly easier for organizations to run workloads where their data resides.”

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, of India largest car maker intends to leverage the Edge platform to increase accuracy and efficiency for factory quality inspections. By providing this platform Maruti Suzuki expects to improve quality control and ensure their data stays protected at the edge.

“At Maruti Suzuki we continually strive to meet the highest quality standards by ensuring our processes and quality controls are well above industry standards. Technology is a key factor on this journey, helping to increase quality and efficiency and deliver the next-generation user experience. We’re excited to partner with Airtel Business and IBM to raise the bar even higher and explore the tremendous possibilities of using AI and analytics at the edge to expand the expertise of our workforce,” he said Rajesh UppalSenior Executive Director, HR and IT, Maruti Suzuki.

The collaboration between IBM and Airtel around the rollout of 5G was announced today at Think Mumbai. Airtel’s solution uses IBM Maximo Visual Inspection for AI-enabled quality inspection. IBM Consulting is to lead the systems integration for the IBM platform. Through this hybrid cloud platform and IBM Consulting’s industry expertise and access to best-in-class technology and partners, IBM and Airtel Digital’s engineering teams will develop use cases that leverage Airtel’s 5G connectivity and hybrid cloud -Use capabilities of IBM to address the pressing business problems they face Enterprise customers.

Leveraging Airtel’s 5G connectivity and IBM’s highly secure edge computing capabilities, organizations can deploy and manage workloads in near real-time. Industries like telecom, financial services, healthcare, and government can benefit from reduced latency, high availability, and faster connection speeds.

“As organizations — particularly those in regulated industries — work to modernize their infrastructures, they need to be able to do so in a way that allows them to stay compliant without being overwhelmed by their compliance obligations – regardless of where their data is located,” said Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform. “Working with Airtel to bring IBM’s hybrid cloud offerings to their Indian multi-access edge computing customers will help them capitalize on 5G and edge opportunities such as: B. Innovate with greater speed and security.”

For more information on IBM’s hybrid cloud capabilities, see https://www.ibm.com/cloud/satellite.

Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intention are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and intentions only.

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About IBM

IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI and consulting expertise. We help clients in more than 175 countries to use insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and achieve competitive advantage in their industries. More than 4,000 government and enterprise entities in critical infrastructure sectors like financial services, telecom, and healthcare rely on the hybrid cloud platform from IBM and Red Hat OpenShift to perform their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s groundbreaking innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and consulting offer our customers open and flexible options. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, accountability, inclusivity and service. Visit www.ibm.com for more informations.

About Airtel

headquarters in IndiaAirtel is a global provider of communications solutions with over 490 million customers in 17 countries South Asia and Africa. The company is one of the three largest mobile operators in the world and its networks cover over two billion people. Airtel is of India largest provider of integrated communications solutions and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes 4G/4.5G high-speed mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber, which delivers speeds up to 1Gbps with convergence in linear and on-demand entertainment, music and video streaming services, digital payments and financial services promises. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a range of solutions spanning secure connectivity, cloud and data center services, cybersecurity, IoT, Ad Tech and cloud-based communications. For more information, visit www.airtel.com/

Contact:

Hannah Slokum
IBM Global Communications
[email protected]

Rishiraj Barik
External Relations, IBM India & South Asia
[email protected]

Madhur Kalra
DGM Corporate Communications, Bharti Airtel
[email protected]

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