Airtel to deliver Microsoft's Office 365 solution through cloud platform

MUMBAI: Leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel entered into an agreement with Microsoft to deliver the technology company‘s cloud-based Office 365 business productivity solutions to small and medium businesses through its cloud platform.

Under the agreement, Airtel will be able to power SMBs with access to Microsoft Office 365, addressing their connectivity and productivity requirements while allowing them to focus on their core business activities.

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 most importantly, anytime, anywhere access to documents and emails with best experience delivered on smartphones using Airtel‘s network.

Announcing the partnership, Bharti Airtel CEO - India & South Asia Sanjay Kapoor said, "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 cent per year."

SMB segment has shown a high adoption of Cloud computing especially SaaS - which contributes more than 50 per cent to the overall cloud market. "With our superior network experience and Microsoft‘s dependable technology suite we will be able to offer cost effective and secure cloud services in a high growth SaaS market," Kapoor said.

Commenting on the occasion, Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said, "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. The agreement will enable SMBs to take advantage of a secure cloud computing environment at an opex model based pricing."

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