Microsoft corp and the Telangana govt are negotiating the deal for building one of its largest data centres in the state with an investment of around $2bn-$2.5bn. The discussion is in its final stages and certain issues are being sorted out. No official statement has been released by Microsoft but it seems willing to go ahead with the project. AWS also announced the setting up of a second data centre region in Telangana which will be operational by mid-2022.
The Government of Telangana wants the IT/ITeS employees to return to offices by September but the companies are not ready for the change. The industry is worried about the attrition levels that are around 20% and the third wave. Currently, only 10% of employees are expected to work from the office. 40% of the 6-lakh+ tech employees of Telangana are working from home and are reluctant to return to the office.
Telangana, despite the pandemic, showed a growth of 13% in its IT and ITeS exports at Rs. 1.45 lakh cr in FY21. The annual report for the IT, electronics, and communications department showed an addition of 46,489 jobs, taking the total number of IT/ITES employees to 6,28,615, which is a YoY increase of 7.99% compared to FY19. Amazon has set up three data centers in Telangana last year with a $2.77 bn investment.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has allowed the Telangana govt to deliver COVID-19 vaccines using drones on an experimental basis. DGCA has granted the state a conditional exemption from the UAS Rules, 2021 for a period of one year to conduct “experimental delivery of vaccines using drones within visual line of sight (VLOS) range.” VLOS is considered to be a distance of just 450 mt in conditions when minimum ground visibility is 5 km.