Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Reliance-Microsoft cloud tie-up poses threat to Amazon, Google in India

Reliance-Microsoft cloud tie-up poses threat to Amazon, Google in India

The 100 Mbps plan is priced at Rs 1,099 per month with 300GB broadband data.

Despite gathering a huge chunk of subscribers over the past couple of years, Ambani claimed that the company's continuing to sign up 10 million new customers every month.

"The potential for growth is enormous and half a billion customers, is now I believe well within our reach", he said. Among these announcements were some details of the Jio Set-Top-Box (STB), a device that will be included with JioFiber connections.

"Jio and Microsoft have entered into a long-term alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of India to launch new cloud data centres, ensuring more organisations can access the tools and platforms they need to build their own digital capability", he said, adding that part of this alliance, while Jio sets up a network of large world-class datacenters across India, Microsoft will bring in its Azure cloud platform to power them.

Announcing that Jio Fiber services will be available for commercial use from September 5, Mukesh Ambani said the base plan will start from Rs 700 to 10,000 per month. The users who will pay the annual package fee in advance will get the free TV from Jio.

Mukesh Ambani called this service as "Jio First Day First Show" plan.

Ambani said that since its announcement past year, Jio received over 15 million registrations from almost 1,600 towns.

Reliance Jio Fiber will aim to connect 20 million Indian residents and 25 billion businesses in the country. The Reliance CMD also confirmed that the company is testing the service with 5 lakh homes already - making it the largest beta testing program in the world for a home internet service.

The Jio STB includes subscriptions to many, popular OTT streaming services. Which ones? Well, we don't know yet.

"For the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies". Reliance Jio users will be able to make unlimited worldwide calls with the new Jio global Calling pack.

To increase user engagement, Jio GigaFiber is set to offer various other entertainment opportunities to its consumers. Under the JioFiber Launch Offer, you can even get the 4K Set-Top box along with an HD LED TV or a Home PC.

Here's everything announced at the RIL 42nd AGM.

Jio said it will also invest in and financially support those startups that support India's needs in agriculture, skill development, and healthcare.

On Monday, addressing Reliance shareholders via a recorded video message, Microsoft's Indian-born Chief Executive Satya Nadella said: "Together, we will offer comprehensive technology solutions - from compute and storage, to connectivity and productivity - to small and medium businesses everywhere in the country". Moreover, Reliance Jio is working with leading game publishers, including Gameloft, Tencent, and Microsoft.

With EDGE, India and its 1,600 cities will be among the first in the world for Indian residents to experience AR, VR and MR on Jio Fiber, according to Ambani.

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