New Delhi, August 31, 2012 — India’s biggest telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel, has joined with Microsoft to offer the latter’s cloud based Office 365 business productivity solutions to Small and Medium Businesses by provisioning the service through its cloud platform. Office 365 along with Airtel’s DSL and Internet Leased Ports/Lines (ILP) services will empower SMBs with the option to create a public facing website with their own domain name, access to the latest releases from Office 365, state-of-the art anti-virus & anti-spam solutions, and anytime, anywhere access to documents and emails, with best experience delivered on smart phones using Airtel’s network.
Says Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel: “We are delighted to partner with Microsoft to address the growing ICT needs of the SMB segment. The partnership will allow us to become a virtual CIO for our SMB customers. According to industry estimates there is a growing affinity towards technology adoption in this segment and their IT spending is surging at a rate of 15% per year. SMB segment has shown a high adoption of Cloud computing especially SaaS - which contributes more than 50% to the overall cloud market. We will be able to offer cost effective and secure cloud services in a high growth SaaS market.”
Adds Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India: “We are pleased that Bharti Airtel will offer our world-class cloud productivity solution to SMBs in India. Agility, focus and cost are the key reasons why businesses are moving to a cloud and hence Microsoft’s partnership will allow Bharti Airtel’s customers to continue to stay ahead of the curve through solutions that truly fit their needs.”
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