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

Galtero Lara
Agosto 13, 2019

But shares of telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea slid 4 per cent and nearly 5 per cent respectively as the announcements spurred worries of a repeat of what happened just three years ago when Reliance's Jio burst on to the scene. The pricing will range between Rs 700 per month to Rs 10,000 per month. "The potential for growth is vast, and 500 Mn mark is soon to be achieved", he added.

Mukesh Ambani has often credited twins Isha and Akash for the idea of Jio. There were also announcements made regarding a "zero latency gaming platform" along with a stage demo through the 4K set-top box that has support for most gaming controllers and will support gameplay in 4K.

Shares in Dish TV India were also down.

The cloud services partnership with Microsoft Corp underscores Ambani's ambitions to go toe-to-toe with Amazon, which offers cloud services in India and is also one of the country's biggest online retailers. Another big feature of Reliance Jio set-top-box is that it supports online gaming. The network will launch fibre services on its birthday - with plans being priced between Rs 700 to Rs 10,000 per month. Some of the freebies announced at the AGM include JioPostPaid Plus priority service, bundled content from OTT platforms, and a "Jio First-day-first-show" for movie buffs.

Jio's also making global calling cheaper by setting the default tariffs to one tenth of the industry average and, for U.S. and Canada exclusively, users can purchase unlimited calling at ₹500.

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Ambani announced that JioGigaFiber generated 15 million registrations from 1,600 towns, since its announcement. 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.

Jiofiber customers who opt for the annual plan of the service, which the company is calling Jio-Forever plans, will get an HD OR 4K LED TV and a 4K set-top box absolutely free. Which ones? Well, we don't know yet. A service which is expected to launch in the middle of 2020. This service will be available to premium subscribers from the mid of 2020. Jio said that the rates will be lower than what the competition offers at the moment and the service will also be superior.

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". At present, Jio users get a free subscription to Hotstar.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber, or Reliance Jio Fiber as it is now known as, is all set to revolutionize the Indian broadband industry in the same manner as Jio revolutionized 4G. But up until now, the company didn't specify any details around how it is set to make Jio Fiber available against the likes of ACT Fibernet, Airtel, and Spectra among others.

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