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Jio, Microsoft to Partner for Cloud Solutions

“The combination of Jio’s leading connectivity and digital solutions with Azure, Azure AI and Office 365 will bring powerful tools and platforms for compute, storage, productivity and more to millions of businesses in the country,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

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Reliance Jio office. Source: www.reliancejio.website

Reliance Industries (RIL) on Monday announced partnership of its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm with Microsoft in the technology space, including creation on cloud solutions.

As per the partnership, Jio will leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to develop innovative cloud solutions focused on the needs of Indian businesses.

Jio will also set up data centers in locations across India, consisting of next-generation compute, storage and networking capabilities, and Microsoft will deploy its Azure platform in these datacenters to support Jio’s offerings.

“The initial two data centers, which can house IT equipment consuming up to 7.5 MW of power, are being set up in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. These are targeted to be fully operational in calendar year 2020,” a statement said.

Further, Jio will provide its internal workforce with cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools available with Microsoft 365 and will migrate its non-network applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

“Jio’s connectivity infrastructure that aims to connect everyone, everything, everywhere will promote the adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform within its growing ecosystem of startups, as part of Jio’s cloud-first strategy,” it said.

Due to the solutions developed by Jio through the Microsoft Azure platform, Indian startups will have access to efficient and affordable cloud infrastructure and platform services, enabling them to develop innovative products and services faster and more cost-effectively. Small and medium businesses in India also will have access to a range of cloud-based productivity, collaboration and business applications including Office 365, enabling them to compete more effectively in the Indian marketplace, the company said.

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It further said that Jio will execute on its vision of integrated speech and computer vision solutions for Indian customers by working together with Microsoft to develop solutions that support major Indian languages and dialects, which will promote the adoption of technology across all cross-sections of Indian society.

Speaking to the shareholders at RIL’s 42nd Annual General Meeting, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries (RIL) said: “By working together to develop innovative and affordable cloud-enabled digital solutions built around Jio’s world-class digital infrastructure and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, we will accelerate the digitization of the Indian economy and make Indian businesses globally competitive”.

“The combination of Jio’s leading connectivity and digital solutions with Azure, Azure AI and Office 365 will bring powerful tools and platforms for compute, storage, productivity and more to millions of businesses in the country,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. (IANS)

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TRAI Data Reveals Jio Gains Subscribers and Vodafone Loses Subscribers

As per the TRAI's monthly subscription data, apart from Jio, BSNL was the only operator which added subscribers

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At the end of June 30, Vodafone Idea had a market share of 32.90 per cent followed by Reliance Jio at 28.42 per cent with Airtel trailing at 27.42 per cent. BSNL has a market share of 9.98 per cent. Wikimedia Commons

Reliance Jio continued to be on a spree on net addition of mobile subscribers adding over 82 lakh new users while Airtel lost 29,883 and Vodafone Idea had to let go of a massive 41 lakh customers as on June 30, 2019, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

As per the TRAI’s monthly subscription data, apart from Jio, BSNL was the only operator which added subscribers. The state operator added 2.66 lakh new users in June.
Jio now has 334 million users. In May, Airtel had lost 15 lakh subscribers and Vodafone Idea had lost 57 lakh users as the telcos started to remove low value packs from their plans to improve average revenue per user (ARPU).

At the end of June 30, Vodafone Idea had a market share of 32.90 per cent followed by Reliance Jio at 28.42 per cent with Airtel trailing at 27.42 per cent. BSNL has a market share of 9.98 per cent.

During the month of June, 2019, a total of 4.34 million requests were received for mobile number portability (MNP). The cumulative MNP requests increased from 437.15 million at the end of May 2019 to 441.49 million at the end of June 2019, since the implementation of MNP.

Vodafone has launched a new monthly minimum recharge plan for Rs 45 across India to boost revenue and it has been weeding out low value vouchers to improve revenue per user.

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As on 30th June, 2019, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (331.26 million), Bharti Airtel (119.09 million), Vodafone Idea (110.50 million), BSNL (12.87 million) and Tata Teleservices (1.40 million). Wikimedia Commons

Wireline subscribers further declined from 21.29 million at the end of May, 2019 to 21.17 million at the end of June 2019. The net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.12 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.56 per cent.

As on 30th June 2019, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.05 million), Bharti Airtel (2.40 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.45
million), Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.84 million) and MTNL (0.74 million).

As on 30th June, 2019, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (331.26 million), Bharti Airtel (119.09 million), Vodafone Idea (110.50 million), BSNL (12.87 million) and Tata Teleservices (1.40 million). Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) increased from 1,161.86 million at the end of May, 2019 to 1,165.46 million at the end of June, 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.31 per cent.

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Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 656.27 million at the end of May, 2019 to 657.27 million at the end of June 2019 while wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 505.59 million at the end of May 2019 to 508.19 million at the end of June 2019. (IANS)