HCL has signed a new agreement with Belgian telco Proximus Group to run its private cloud infrastructure. The company will run and service their private cloud infrastructure and support the transition of Proximus’ Enterprise Business Unit toward a hybrid cloud solution provider. The company will pay the telco €71 million as part of the agreement.
Proximus said it will be able to innovate faster and strengthen its Cloud portfolio for its enterprise customers while operating its data centre infrastructure in a more sustainable and efficient way. The deal lowers the total cost to operate its cloud infrastructure by around 20 per cent.
“This is a groundbreaking collaboration between HCL and Proximus,” said C Vijayakumar, CEO and managing director of HCL Technologies, said. “Together, we look forward to developing a competitive cloud environment and digital offerings for the Belgian market.”
HCL will launch a Hybrid Cloud portfolio to support Proximus’ large customer base and employees, as well as offer joint solution offerings from HCL and Proximus to the Benelux market. As part of the agreement, the company will invest in a dedicated innovation lab, providing Proximus with access to its IP, product, and partner ecosystem, enabling them to use HCL’s telecom and technology expertise to develop 5G, Edge, and IoT solutions.
“I am very pleased with this agreement between Proximus and HCL, that will bring us economies of scale, knowledge, best practices, tools, experience, and expertise in the cloud domain,” Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus Group, said. “This IT infrastructure partnership will not only allow us to assure the development of the best customer offer, but it will also make sure that we’re able to retain strong strategic influence in the cloud domain.”