Airtel is already one of the largest enterprise players in the country and competes with the likes ofTata Communications, Vodafone andBharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), and the new partnership is expected to provide it with a massive boost to further consolidate its presence. Reliance Jio has already started offering some enterprises services on a pilot basis.
Queries sent to Airtel and Verizon remained unanswered till press-time Monday.
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With action around the development of IoT and connected devices ecosystem gathering pace, both companies may also collaborate to launch value-added services in the IoT space, the person said.
The enterprise business, which offers higher margins and makes up just less than a fifth of Airtels overall India revenue, is gaining in importance for local carriers such as Airtel even as their mobile services business, which still accounts of around 70% of the overall revenue, flounders under severe competitive pressure.
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A person privy to the matter told ET that the talks with Verizon have been on for a few months and an agreement is expected to be signed by the middle of June, with both companies looking at sharing their respective IoT platforms and leveraging their respective market expertise.
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Within enterprise, IoT is expected to be the growth area going forward. Indias IoT market size is expected to increase about seven times from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $9 billion by 2020, according to consultancy firm Deloitte.
Bharti Airtels enterprise business for India Airtel Business reported Rs 2,819.5 crore revenue for the fourth quarter of ended March 2018, up 9% on a yearly basis, compared with an overall net loss for the Indian operations, its first in 15 years.
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Under the partnership, Verizons global customers will be able to deploy solutions onAirtels IoT platforms as and when they have requirements in India. Similarly, Airtel customers will have access to Verizons IoT platforms, the person said. The partnership, when finalised, will also give Airtel access to Verizons large corporate customer base.
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