Bharti Airtel plans to open a new technology centre in Pune to support digital services in the Western area, and would hire around 500 digital engineering professionals by the end of the current fiscal year, a senior company official said.
This would be Airtel's fourth digital technology hub in India and the first in the Western area, bolstering the firm's goal to transition to a digital services company, particularly as 5G services approach. Bharti Airtel's chief information officer, Pradipt Kapoor, confirmed the intentions, telling that the company is aggressively expanding its in-house digital talent pool to assist its transformation into a digital carrier. "As an established IT and tech centre, Pune is a logical choice for Airtel to tap into the talent pool and foster cross-industry collaboration," added Kapoor.
The new facility in Pune would house 500 digital engineering workers at first. . Airtel is looking to hire across multiple experience and domains, including Big Data, Machine Learning, Dev Ops, Tech ops, and so on. Similar digital technology clusters already exist in Gurgaon, Bengaluru (Airtel X-Labs), and Noida. Nearly 3,000 people work in these facilities. According to a business executive, Airtel is hiring from engineering colleges including as IITs, NITS, and IIITs for its digital technology centres, in addition to top global talent from Silicon Valley and domestic start-ups. The Airtel Thanks app, Wynk Music app, and the Airtel Xstream entertainment platform all have around 180 million monthly active users.