TIM and Google Cloud form strategic partnership

TIM and Google Cloud form strategic partnership

08 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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TIM has announced a term sheet setting out the terms of a strategic partnership with Google Cloud.

Once finalised, the partnership will enable TIM to become a key player in the cloud and edge computing space. It will also allow TIM to expand its portfolio of products and services offered in the Italian market through a unique offer of public, private and hybrid cloud.

“We look forward to working together with TIM to boost our support for Italian enterprises in their digital transformation journeys,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud.

As part of the agreement, both companies will work together on go-to-market initiatives to help accelerate the adoption of digital transformation technology for Italian businesses.

“Thanks to the partnership with Google, a world leader in innovation, TIM confirms its focal role in promoting the technological progress in Italy,” said Luigi Gubitosi (pictured), CEO, TIM. “In the next years, Cloud and Edge Computing will represent two of the key markets that will mostly benefit of the new products and services enabled by 5G technology.”

To support this and its general business growth, TIM has said that it will invest in its innovation and talent. This includes building wholly owned Tier IV data centres, as well as hiring or training more than 800 cloud engineers over the next few years.

According to TIM, the Italian cloud computing market is expected to grow, driven by public, hybrid and edge computing services demand, and will be further fostered by the integration of new products and services supported by the 5G technology.

Last month, TIM announced the launch of Operation Digital Renaissance, TIM’s digital education project that will provide 1 million Italian citizens with training courses throughout all 107 Italian provinces in an effort to encourage the adoption of new technologies.