NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On Monday, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) revealed its fourth data centre in India, relying on expanding digital consumption in one of the company’s fastest-growing countries.

Microsoft India president Anant Maheshwari said the business was making long-term investments in the nation, but he declined to confirm local media rumours that the next centre would cost $2 billion.

“A public cloud data centre is not a one-time expenditure for us; it is an ongoing commitment,” Maheshwari told Reuters. “We increased the capacity in the current three data centres in the previous two years.”

According to IDC, the whole Indian public cloud services industry is estimated to reach $10.8 billion by 2025.

The Indian government has been urging international digital businesses to keep more of their data in India, a move regarded as New Delhi s attempt to acquire tighter control over Big Tech corporations.

Maheshwari stated that Microsoft will continue to expand its personnel in India, which now stands at 18,000, “both during the epidemic and in the future.”

“We already service over 340,000 businesses across the country,” Maheshwari added.

The new data centre is in Telangana, India’s southernmost state.

In the previous five years, the company’s business model, which depends on partners providing new services on top of its cloud platform, Azure, produced around $10 billion in revenue, according to Maheshwari.

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