Microsoft is in the final leg of talks with the Telangana state government in India to establish a data center in the state with an investment outlay of about $2 to 2.25 billion (INR 15,000 crore), local media reports say.
The US tech giant has zeroed in on a patch of land near Hyderabad for building the facility. If the discussions fructify, this would be one of the major investments of Microsoft outside the USA.
According to a PTI report, Telangana Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao kicked off the process of discussions by initiating dialogues with senior management of Microsoft about a few months ago.
"The discussions are in the final stage. Certain issues such as whether it would be a single location or multiple and the size of the investment are yet to be finalised. Microsoft appears to be willing to go ahead with setting up a data centre here, though officially not confirmed," sources told PTI.
Microsoft is awaiting some clearance from their global teams and will be making an announcement soon,” the local media reports.
Microsoft's plan to set up the data center comes close on the heels of Brookfield Infrastructure planning to establish a joint venture to develop such facilities in India under the brand name BAM Digital Realty. Earlier Amazon Web Services (AWS) had announced its second data centre in Telangana with an investment of INR 20,761 crore ($2.77 billion).