Bharti Airtel and Google Cloud have entered into a partnership to serve the evolving needs of millions of Indian businesses in a rapidly digitising economy.

Under the partnership, Airtel will be offering G Suite to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in India as part of its integrated information and communication technology (ICT) portfolio. G Suite is a set of intelligent apps­Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and more­designed with real-time collaboration and machine intelligence to bring people together and help them work smarter and safer.

This latest agreement will provide a platform for both companies to tap growth opportunities in India, which ranks amongst the fastest growing economies and has the second-highest number of internet users in the world. Airtel serves over 2,500 large businesses and over 500,000 SMBs and technology startups across India.

Commenting on the development, Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, said, “Airtel and Google Cloud have a shared vision of delighting customers with great products. India, with its growing economy and adoption of digital services, offers one of the biggest opportunities to serve customers with innovative solutions. We are pleased to further strengthen our deep relationship with Google Cloud and build products and services aimed at transforming Indian businesses.”

Further, Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud, said, “Indian companies are making a massive transformation to the cloud and we are thrilled to partner with Airtel to support this transition. The combination of G Suite’s collaboration and productivity tools with Airtel’s digital business offerings will help accelerate digital innovations for thousands of Indian businesses.”