TOI has learnt that Microsoft has been in parleys with the Telangana government since the beginning of the year and the proposal is in the advanced stages of finalisation with an announcement expected shortly.
Discussions for the project were kicked off by Telangana IT & industries minister KT Rama Rao virtually with Microsoft CEO & chairman Satya Nadella in January-February.
“The discussions are in the final stage. Certain issues such as whether it would be a single location or multiple locations and the size of the investment are yet to be decided. Microsoft appears to be willing to go ahead with setting up a data centre here, though officially not confirmed,” sources told PTI.
Firm checking out land availability
Telangana government sources said the company has been checking out land availability in areas in and around Hyderabad such as Shamshabad, Maheshwaram and Shabad, among others. An email sent to the PR agency of Microsoft had not yielded any reply.
Microsoft is slated to add data centres in at least 10 more countries this year. The company is on pace to build between 50 and 100 data centres each year for the foreseeable future, Noelle Walsh, a Microsoft corporate vice-president who leads the team that builds and operates the company’s cloud infrastructure had said earlier.
Set up in 1998 in Hyderabad, Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) is one of Microsoft’s largest research and development centres outside the Redmond headquarters In November 2020, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it would be setting its second data centre region in India after Mumbai in Hyderabad that would be operational by mid-2022 and would see an investment of Rs 20,761 crore ($2.77 billion).