Amazon lays out $12.7 billion for cloud in India

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest $12.7 billion into cloud infrastructure in India by 2030 to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in the country. 

This investment is estimated to contribute $23.3 billion to India’s total gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, and will support an estimated average of 1,31,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in local businesses each year. 

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

Also, this plan follows AWS’s investment of $3.7 billion during 2016-2022, intended to bring AWS’s total investment in India to $16.4 billion by 2030. 

AWS’s investment in India has a ripple effect in the local economy in areas, such as workforce development, training and skilling opportunities, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives.

The Amazon company has two data centre infrastructure regions in India – the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, launched in 2016, and the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, launched in November 2022. The two AWS Regions are designed to provide Indian customers with multiple options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability, securely store data in India, and serve end users with low latency. 

AWS has invested more than $3.7 billion in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region between 2016 and 2022. This includes both capital and operating expenditures associated with constructing, maintaining, and operating the data centers in that Region. 

The company estimates that its overall contribution to the GDP of India between 2016 and 2022 was more than $4.6 billion, and the investment supported approximately 39,500 FTE jobs annually in Indian businesses.

“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,” said Puneet Chandok, president of commercial business, AWS India. 

“Our planned investment of $12.7 billion by 2030 will help create more beneficial ripple effects, supporting India on its path to becoming a global digital powerhouse,” he said.