IBM plans to work with Indian telco Bharti Airtel to bring secure edge cloud services through 5G networks to the nation’s enterprises.
The Airtel edge platform will combine IBM Cloud Satellite with Red Hat’s OpenShift technology. Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest passenger car maker, already plans on using the platform to make its quality inspections faster and more accurate.
Rajesh Uppal, senior executive director of HR and IT at Maruti Suzuki, said: “At Maruti Suzuki, we continuously strive to meet the highest quality standards by ensuring our processes and quality control are well above industry standards. Technology is a key enabler in this journey, helping boost quality, efficiency and deliver the next-gen user experience.
“We are excited to work with Airtel Business and IBM to set an even higher benchmark and explore the vast possibilities of deploying AI and analytics at the edge to augment the expertise of our workforce.”
Airtel’s edge computing platform in India includes 120 network data centres across 20 cities through its data centre arm Nxtra Digital.
Such a spread should allow for large companies to develop solutions for clients across a variety of industries, whilst Airtel’s 5G connectivity will enable workloads to be managed in near-real time.
The business value delivered by edge computing can be significantly enhanced when combined with 5G. In India, where 5G is expected to be rolled out later this year, it has the potential to create a cumulative economic impact of $1 trillion by 2035, the companies said.
Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO of Bharti Airtel Business, said in a statement: “As India gears up to experience 5G, we see a massive opportunity to help businesses across industries transform how they deliver goods and services.
“We have the largest network of edge data centers available in India under the Nxtra brand and we will leverage our work with IBM to help Indian businesses address their critical business needs with greater efficiency, making it significantly easier for companies to process workloads where their data resides.”
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