Reliance Jio has entered into a partnership with Microsoft Technologies as a part of which the Redmond, Washington based tech giant would power the data centres setup by Indian conglomerate in India. The news was announced by Reliance Industries chairman, Mukesh Ambani at the company's 42nd annual general meeting (AGM).
"Today I am priviledged to announce that Jio and Microsoft have entered into a globally unique long term alliance to accelerate the digital tranformation of our country," Ambani said at while making the announcement.
As a part of the newly announced partnership, Reliance will set up a network of large world class data centres across the country which will be powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. "When we put these two pieces together, we now have the capabilities to develop India-native solutions including speech recognition, and natural language understanding for all major Indian languages and dialects," Ambani added.
This would empower business based in India -- particularly small and medium business enterprises in the country -- to "accelerate their digital transformation and become globally competitive".
"Our long-term partnership combines the power of Azure, Azure AI and Office 365 with Jio's connectivity and digital solutions which are amongst the most used and fast growing in the world. Together, we will offer a comprehensive technology solution from compute to storage to connectivity and productivity for small and medium size businesses everywhere in the country," Microsoft's chief operating officer Satya Nadella said over a conference call during the AGM.
"Jio and Microsoft will partner to launch new cloud data centres in India, ensuring more of Jio's customers can access the tools and platforms they need to build their own digital capability," Nadella added.
The two companies will jointly offer Office 365 to Jio's customers in India.
In addition to the partnership with Microsoft, the Reliance Jio chairman also annoounced that the company would support the budding startups by offering the cloud technology and connectivity for free. This service will be available to all the startup in the country who register on Jio.com (along with their custom package) since January 1, 2020.