In addition to presenting JioPhone Next at its 44th annual meeting, Reliance Jio announced that it has partnered with Google Cloud. Under this partnership, Google Cloud will lead Jio 5G solutions and the internal needs of major Reliance companies, including JioMart, JioSaavn, and others.
For the uninitiated, Google acquired a 7.7 percent stake in Jio Platforms early last year. The investment came from the Mountain View giant’s $ 10 billion (or Rs 75,000 crores) Google Digitization Fund for India. Both tech giants started working on a low-cost 4G Android phone to meet the needs of the Indian masses. And well, JioPhone Next is the result of this combined effort.
Jio Platforms and Google are now further expanding this partnership. This will make the Indian telecom giant rely on “a complete end-to-end cloud offering for fully automated lifecycle management of Jio’s 5G network and services” from Google Cloud. The telco is already in the process of conducting 5G network tests in Navi Mumbai and data centers across India.
Reliance Industries President Mukesh Ambani during AGM reiterated that Jio 5G has achieved download speeds of more than 1Gbps with the use of locally developed hardware. Thanks to recent regulatory approvals and 5G spectrum testing, Ambani stated that he is confident that Jio will be the first to implement 5G network services in India.
In addition, both Jio and Google will also collaborate to make “a portfolio of 5G edge computing solutions” available to industry partners. The telco will be able to leverage Google’s AI / ML capabilities and other cloud solutions to scale its business based on customer needs.
The Jio 5G and Google Cloud partnership “will help more than a billion Indians connect to a faster and better internet, support businesses in their digital transformation, and help Jio build new services in sectors like health, education, and more,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an official blog post.
So yes, Google Cloud will now power most of Reliance Jio’s infrastructure backend and allow the telecom giant to offer 5G services to netizens in the coming months. According to rumors, Jio 5G network services will start rolling out in the second half of 2021.
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