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AWS to invest $12.7 billion in cloud infrastructure in India by 2030 in a bid to meet growing demand


Amazon Web Services on Thursday announced plans to invest $12.7 billion (about Rs. 1,05,600 crores) in cloud infrastructure in India by 2030 as it looks to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in the country.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) — Amazon’s cloud computing unit — said in a statement that the planned investment in data center infrastructure in India will support an estimated average of 1,31,700 full-time (FTE) jobs in Indian companies each year.

These jobs, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, communications and other jobs, are part of the data center supply chain in India.

AWS said it plans to invest Rs. 1,05,600 crore in cloud infrastructure in India and added that its long-term commitment in the country would amount to Rs. 1,36,500 crore ($16.4 billion) by 2030.

This comes after an AWS investment of Rs. 30,900 crore ($3.7 billion) between 2016 and 2022 which would make its total investment in India Rs. 1,36,500 crore ($16.4 billion) by 2030.

“This investment is estimated to contribute 194,700 crore ($23.3 billion) to India’s GDP by 2030,” the statement said.

AWS added that its investment in India has a multiplier effect on the local economy in areas such as workforce development, training and skills opportunities, community engagement and sustainability initiatives.

The company has two data center infrastructure regions in India – AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, which launched in 2016, and AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad), which launched in November 2022.

“My AWS region is designed to provide Indian customers with multiple options to run workloads with more flexibility and availability, store data securely in India, and serve end users with low latency.”

AWS has invested over Rs. 30,900 crore in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS region between 2016 and 2022. This included both capital and operating expenditures associated with the construction, maintenance and operation of data centers in that region.

It estimates that AWS’s total contribution to India’s GDP between 2016 and 2022 was more than Rs. 38,200 crore ($4.6 billion), and the investment supports approximately 39,500 full-time jobs annually in Indian companies.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision is leading (expansion) into cloud and data centers in India,” Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in the statement.

The latest investment will stimulate India’s digital economy.

“MeitY is also working on data center and cloud policy to spur innovation, sustainability and growth of cloud India,” said the minister.

Puneet Chandok, Head of Business, AWS India and South Asia, said the planned investment will “help create more beneficial multiplier effects, and support India on its path to becoming a global digital powerhouse.”

The company has seen hundreds of thousands of its customers in India run their workloads on AWS to achieve cost savings, accelerate innovation and speed up time-to-market.

This includes government entities such as the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, public healthcare organizations such as Aarogyasri Health Care Trust, large Indian organizations such as Ashok Leyland, Axis Bank, HDFC Life and Titan, SMEs such as Havmor, Qube Cinema and Narayana Nethralaya, well-known start-ups such as BankBazaar, HirePro, M2P, and Yubi, among others.

AWS also helps many Indian companies build digital solutions locally that can scale globally through the AWS Partner Network (APN) where Indian partners can use software, expertise, and resources to build, market, and sell customer offerings.

AWS said APNs in India include organizations such as Minfy Technologies, Rapyder Cloud Solutions, and Redington.

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