Archive for August, 2015

RILs Jyotindra Thacker receives Technology Senator of the Year Award

August 24, 2015

100 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from major businesses houses of India came together for the 13th Express Technology Senate. The 4-day event, which was held at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur commenced on 19th August. Apart from the CIOs, there were many experts, speakers and exhibitors from the technological field.

Day one of the event

The event consisted of presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and awards. These were based on upcoming technologies with the theme of ‘Digital Transformation – Leveraging Emerging Technologies.’

Post the inauguration, RomiMahajan presented a keynote address. Mahajan is a well-known investor, author, marketer and board member of many start-ups. He spoke on the topic, ‘The Responsible Executive: CIOs in the Digital Transformation Age.’

After this, GovindrajAvasarala, Head of Enterprise Mobility Products, Vodafone India gave a presentation on ‘Getting ready for the Digital Era.’He showed the connection between happenings in the real and digital world.

Some other sessions were CEO of Nyka, Sunil Chandiramani conducting a panel discussion on ‘Driving Digital Transformation in the Enterprise – Evolving the IT Department,’MD and CEO of Embedded Software Development Systems Pvt. Ltd., PiyushSomani speaking on ‘Enlightened Cloud-Made in India,’ etc.

The first day ended with the presentation from AkhileshTuteja, Partner and Head of Technology, KPMG India. In the evening, many guests enjoyed the three-hour tour of Jaipur organized for them to visit varied landmarks of the city.

Award ceremony

After the tour, the guests again came together for the award ceremony known as Express Uptime Champion Awards 2015. The awards were organized with the aim to identify and honor companies that have the best network uptime records for the year. The first award was given to Jyotindra Thacker of Reliance Jio. Wholetime Director and Head of New Media, Anant Goenka, presented him the award of Technology Senator of the Year.

While receiving the award, Thacker expressed that his company will play a significant role in leading the new communications revolution in India. He said that Reliance Jio will be ahead from its competitors by offering services at affordable prices. The company will also be selling cheap 4G devices including smartphones, Wi-Fi tablets, dongles and other devices. Reliance Jio is keen on creating and establishing an intelligent network. He further added, “A number of apps are being developed for providing services directly to our customers.”

The award ceremony honored people in five categories. In Business Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector,GoutamDatta, Vice President of Technology at ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. won the award. HemantKulkarni, Deputy General Manager at Corporate IT Kirloskar Electric Company Ltd. won in the manufacturing field. Vice President of Technology at Reliance Entertainment in Digital area, SayedPeerzade won in Media and Entertainment sector. General Manager of The Indian Hotels Company Ltd., Vipil Gupta won in Travel and Hospitality area. In the Retail category, Head of IT at Metro Cash and Carry, Subramanian Chittur bagged the award. Besides, the folk dancers of Rajasthan brightened up the entire award ceremony.

Summary

Reliance’s Jyotindra Thacker was presented with the Technology Senator of the year award at the 13th Express Technology Senate.

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Reliance Jio to Test 4G Services with its Employees

August 17, 2015

Reliance Industries’ telecom arm, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is gearing up to roll out its most awaited commercial Fourth Generation (4G) services by December 2015. Two days ago, the Mukesh Ambani-led company announced that it has launched a beta program of 4G services to all the employees of the company. This will enable Reliance Jio to test the network and services and work to improve them. Over 1 lakh employees will enjoy the benefit of Reliance Jio’s 4G services before December.

The company has made an investment of over Rs. 1 lakh crore to set up the framework for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services across the country. By September, Reliance Jio is planning to cover 5 million users and give 5 Reliance Jio connections to each employee.

Issues reported by the staff regarding the services will help Reliance Jio to fix them and offer quality and seamless services during the launch. The organization will also ensure that the users get 4G services at the current market price of 2G and 3G services.

Pact signed between Reliance Jio and Reliance Communications

Last week, Reliance Jio had signed a pact with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom) Limited. This will let Reliance Jio to utilize 800 megahertz (MHz) spectrum band of RCom in all the regions.Both companies were in talks after the Union Cabinet approved spectrum sharing, last week. The decision states that two telecom companies having spectrum holdings in the same band are allowed to share their spectrum space.

Reliance Jio has permits of using 2300 MHz in all the 22 circles of India, 1800 MHz in 14 regions and 800 MHz in 10 areas. The company spent Rs. 7,876.42 crore in the spectrum auction of March 2015. Out of the ten circles, the company has continuous 800 MHz airwaves in four. The new pact will let the company gain access to all the areas of 800 MHz band and thus provide smooth and efficient services across the entire country.

Internationally, very few 4G services have been rolled out on 2300 MHz band. Higher frequencies give good data speeds, but its signal strength is low. An analyst informed that the coverage for 2300 MHz band will be restricted to a radius of around 500 meters. Reliance Jio is thus embarking upon lower frequencies like 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. This will assist the company to offer seamless service and better coverage all over the country.

At the time of spectrum sale in March, this year, RCom bought the 800 MHz band in 11 regions of the country. It thus established its presence all over the country in the 800 MHz band to provide its 4G LTE services. With the new agreement signed, Reliance Jio too will have access to all the regions in the 800 MHz band for providing its 4G services. It is a win-win situation for all – Reliance Jio, RCom, the government and consumers.

Summary

Reliance Jio has launched a beta program to provide 4G services to its employees and test the network and services for efficiency.

Hital Meswani to be the HR Director at Reliance Industries

August 5, 2015

Reliance Industries has appointed Hital Meswani as its new HR Director. Meswani has already played a leading role in some of the biggest projects of Reliance Industries. This includes building of the Hazira petrochemical and the Jamnagar refinery complexes.

Meswani replacing Jha

Meswani will be replacing Prabir Jha, who left on 29th July. Two days later, a mailinforming the appointment of Meswani was sent to the employees. It mentioned that employees who directly reported to Jha will now be reporting to Meswani. It also said that the reportees should work hard to give Reliance Industries a ‘truly transparent and meritocratic culture.’

Jha had made several changes to alter the work culture and appraisal processes of Reliance Industries. He then suddenly quit the company. Reliance Industries preferred to choose a familiar face and family insider to quickly overcome the situation. Meswani had already been a part of the HR activities. Moreover, the team members also knew him.

Some consultants compare this change to a doctor and a chemist. They said that a qualified medical practitioner is more likely to solve a problem than a chemist. A consultant said, “To build a brand, a repeat performance is needed. Indian companies know they need to build a workplace where their employees feel that they are integral to the company.”

About Hital Meswani

Hital Meswani has done chemical engineering from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He graduated with Honors in the Management and Technology program. He has also gained Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Wharton Business School.

Meswani has been a part of Reliance Industries since 1990. In 1995, he was admitted to the Board. This was the time when Reliance Industries started building its refinery at Jamnagar. Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refinery is considered to be the largest in the world.

Meswani has a lot of responsibilities at Reliance Industries. He looks after the petroleum refining venture and all activities of research, technology, manufacturing and execution. Meswani is a Director of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also a Director of Reliance Commercial Dealers Limited and member of its Audit Committee. He is the Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee at Reliance Industries. Besides, he is also a member of the Finance Committee and Shareholders’/Investors’ Grievance Committee.

For his work in the process industries, Meswani has won an award of Honorary Fellowship by Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). IChemE is the International Professional body for Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers.

Meswani family’s association with Reliance Industries

Nikhil Meswani, the elder brother of Hital Meswani is the Executive Director at Reliance Industries. Their father, Rasiklal Meswani was the first cousin of Reliance Industries’ Founder Chairman, Dhirubhai Ambani.

Both Nikhil and Hital have been a significant part of Mukesh Ambani’s team. They are termed to be the ‘second most important pair of brothers in India Inc.,’ after Mukesh and Anil Ambani. Nikhil Meswani earlier dealt with government related negotiations. He now looks after Reliance Industries’ petrochemical business.

Summary

Hital Meswani will now take up the responsibility of an HR Director at Reliance Industries, replacing Prabir Jha.