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Google Injects Indian Telco Giant Bharti Airtel


11:21 am
January 30, 2022



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Google injected capital worth US$ 1 billion or equivalent to Rp. 14 trillion (exchange rate of Rp. 14,000/US$) in a large Indian telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel. In a statement on Friday (28/1/2022) local time.

Google said its investment consisted of a capital injection of US$700 million and an additional $300 million would be used for potential multi-year commercial agreements.

According to Airtel, the two companies want to work closely with device manufacturers to “reduce the barriers to owning a smartphone at various price points.” They also hope to cooperate on 5G and cloud services in the country.

The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, marks Google’s latest move into India. India is an important market for big tech companies looking to expand their global reach. This was reported by CNN International, Sunday (30/1/2022).

India, the second most populous country in the world, has 750 million internet users, with hundreds of millions more not yet online. Unlike its more populous neighbor, namely China, India has received large amounts of investment from United States (US) technologies such as Facebook, Amazon. , Netflix and other big tech companies. .

Google has long invested in India, including a $4.5 billion investment two years ago in Jio Platforms, Airtel’s rival that is part of billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s tech empire.

The deal was partly touted as a way for the company to develop super-cheap smartphones for the local market. They launched their first low-cost 4G smartphone late last year.

In a statement on Friday, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Alphabet subsidiary Google, called Airtel’s investment a “continuation” of efforts to “increase access to smartphones, increase connectivity to support new business models, and assist companies in their digital transformation.” .”