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AWS is planning to splash cash on cloud infrastructure in India. The investment will add thousands of full time jobs as well as important skills training for Indian nationals.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it plans to invest INR 1,050,600 crores (€11.75 billion) into cloud infrastructure in India by 2030.

The reason driving the investment, according to Amazon, is the need to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in India. This investment is estimated to contribute INR 1,94,700 crores (€21.6 billion) to India’s total gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, AWS says.

Moreover, the company claims that their planned investment in data center infrastructure in India will create a lot of jobs. Amazon claims it will support an estimated average of 131,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Indian businesses each year. The positions created will include those in construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and other jobs as part of the data center supply chain in India.

Community development initiatives

AWS says its investment in India has “a ripple effect” in the local economy in areas. Examples include workforce development, training and skilling opportunities, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives. AWS claims that it has trained more than four million people since 2017 via various programs, including AWS Skill Builder, which offers digital cloud skills to anyone with an Internet connection, and AWS re/Start, which is a full-time, classroom-based skills development and training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud.

Amazon also expects to expand its AWS Partner Network (APN) in India. APN is a global community of
partners that leverages programs, expertise, and resources to build, market, and sell customer offerings. The APN in India includes organisations such as Redington, Rapyder Cloud Solutions, Minfy Technologies, and many others, the company says.

“AWS is committed to driving positive social and economic impact in India”, said Puneet Chandok, president of commercial business, AWS India and South Asia. “In addition to building cloud infrastructure and helping local customers and partners digitally transform, we have trained more than four million people in India with cloud skills since 2017, and invested in six utility-scale renewable energy projects to meet our global 100% renewable energy goal by 2025”, he added.