Airtel to hire 500 technicians for central Pune

NEW DELHI : Bharti Airtel will hire 500 people for its new technology center in Pune, the telecom operator announced in a press release.

It will be Airtel’s fourth digital technology hub in the country and the first in Western India to support its pivotal strategy towards a digital services company, especially with 5G services on the horizon.

“Airtel is rapidly expanding its internal digital talent pool to support the transformation into a digital telecommunications operator. As an established IT and technology hub, Pune is an obvious choice for Airtel to tap into the talent pool and foster cross-industry collaboration,” Pradipt Kapoor, Chief Information Officer, Bharti Airtel, told PTI.

The new facility will initially have 500 digital engineers. Airtel is looking to hire across multiple backgrounds and areas such as big data, machine learning, developers and technical operations.

The company has digital technology centers in Gurgaon, Bengaluru (Airtel X-Labs) and Noida, with 3,000 employees, making it one of the largest technology employers outside of the IT industry.

It plans to hire the new employees from engineering institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) for its digital technology.

The team will work on Airtel’s digital assets such as Airtel Thanks app, Wynk Music app and Airtel Xstream, which were developed by its digital engineering teams. Airtel’s content platform has over 180 million monthly active users.

Airtel says it has made investments totaling more than $46 billion over the past two decades to create a digital infrastructure on which 40% of India’s economic and digital activity takes place.

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