Archive for February, 2016

Reliance Jio may Introduce Nvidia Shield to India

February 24, 2016

Android consoles have become increasingly popular in the market. Many companies have tried to give users access tosmartphone games on their television screens, but none have succeeded like the Nvidia Shield.

Nvidia Shield Device

Nvidia Shield is a powerful device. It works at double the speed of the Xbox 360. It operates on an 8-core, 64-bit capable system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a Maxwell-based Graphic Processor Unit (GPU) with 256 Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) cores and High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)/H.265 support. In addition, it is also backed up with a set of services like GeForce. These features makeNvidia Shield is very popular among gamers.

Reliance Jio’s Association with Nvidia Shield

Nvidia is not available in India. During the Make in India event held last week, the telecom venture of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, Reliance Jiodisplayed the Nvidia device. The device had a Jio sticker on it. As per the Indian telecom blog, Telecomtalk.info it is an “Android-based Jio set-top box” which is“manufactured by Nvidia.

Sources from Reliance Jio revealed that Nvidia Shield was being tested on Reliance Jio’snetwork since December 2015. It is also testing the game streaming service of Nvidia, GeForce presently. Nvidia has approached a number of local game developers for Indian content for a localized version of their digital collection.

Industry experts predict that Nvidia Shield will soon launch its device in India. Many foreign companies come to India to roll out their products. Reliance Jio will be launching its service this year and Nvidia Shield requires good bandwidth to operate seamlessly. Hence, it is likely that the two companies will join hands for the venture.

Reliance Jio’s Spectrum Holdings

Brokerage company, Credit Suisse said that Reliance Jio will quickly acquire the best spectrum holding among all the private telecom companies. This will happen after the MukeshAmbani-led company signs a deal for sharing Fourth Generation (4G) airwaves throughout the country with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications.

The brokerage company mentioned Jio’s spectrum portfolio to be “quite enviable”. This is because Reliance Jio will be the only operator to have a pan-India below 1 GHz liberalized spectrum. It will also have one of the highest liberalized spectrums with a 30% share.

The spectrum which was not auctioned needs to be liberalized. To liberalize the spectrum, the company pays the market price to the government. A telecom company only gets to share or trade the liberalized airwaves.

The Telecom Commission has stated the clear market price of 4G airwaves for the band of 800 MHz in the states of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. Reliance Communications will thus liberalize its airwaves in these regions and then share them with Reliance Jio. Apart from 800 MHz, Reliance Jio holds spectrum in 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands.

A top industry executive said that Reliance Jio may buy the spectrum in the bands of 800 MHz and 700 MHz in the next 2 to 3 auctions. This will further enhance their spectrum holdings of 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE).

Summary

It is expected that Jio will be the one to facilitate the entry of Nvidia Shield in India.

Reliance Jio Partners with 8 International Telecom Companies

February 16, 2016

The telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm has joined hands with 8 renowned international telecom companies.

Reliance Jio’s Alliance with International Telecom Companies

Reliance Jio has joined hands with international telecom companies like British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, Orange, TeliaSonera, Rogers, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), and Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM).

The telecom companies will be bound by a knowledge-sharing alliance. With the help of this, Reliance Jio will focus on significant telecom innovations and services, and make them work efficiently in India.

It is expected that Reliance Jio will be commercially rolling out its 4G services between March and April, this year. The company has established the biggest greenfield 4G network in the country. Reliance Jio has erected around 90,000 eco-friendly cell towers. It has also set up 2.5 lakh route km of fiber optic cables.

Views of Industry Experts

Jio is set to enable each Indian to live a digital life and we invite the best partners to work with us to co-create a Digital India,” Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio, Rainer Deutschmann, mentioned this in a statement.

A few days ago, brokerage company, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) said that Reliance Jiois fully equipped to give the best 4G coverage in the country because of its pan-India footprint. It said that other telecom operators in India will not be able to achieve this as they have the presence in a limited number of circles.

Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom expressed his happiness over the strong alliance. He feels that partnering is very important in business. He said that all of the partners will be assisting each other in offering the best networks and providing easy and seamless distribution to the customers. He further added that the global alliance will let each telecom operator to give the best, efficient and innovative products and services to the customers.

VasylLatsanych, Vice President of Marketing at MTS Group said that the synergies which the alliance creates will help the companies to give additional value to the customers. The alliance gives the telecom companies multiple opportunities to offer the latest innovations, efficient services, best products,and superior customer experiences.

Objectives of the Alliance

Under the alliance, all the telecom companies will emphasize on exchanging the best practices on how to enforce partner propositions to the market. They will also put joint efforts at partner scouting. These practices will let the telecom companies exchange ideas, awareness, and knowledge among themselves regarding latest and upcoming trends and services.

The 9 members of the alliance have built relationships with 30 new partner businesses. These include AirBnB, Mojio, Celltick, Spotify, Disconnect, Magisto, andIdoomoo, among others.

The alliance of the 9 members is an open network of global operators. These operators have a complementary geographical presence. The alliance covers all related product categories that fall under a telecom operator’s business. These include mobile and fixed line for both Business to Customers (B2C) and Business to Business(B2B).

Summary

Jio has entered into an alliance with 8 international telecom operators to offer innovative services and products to the customers.

Reliance Jio Launches Cheapest VoLTE-based Phone in India

February 4, 2016

Ahead of the commercial rollout of 4G service, Reliance Jio launched the cheapest Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) enabled mobile phone in the country.

It is named Flame 1, under the LYF brand, and is priced at INR 6,490. This makes it INR 1000 lower than the current cheapest VoLTE phone. Reliance Jio had earlier launched 1 model of the high-end Earth phone and 2 models of the mid-range Water series phones. It will soon launch its Wind series phones that will be cheaper than the Water phones.

Specifications of Flame 1 Phone

The Flame 1 phone operates on entry-level Snapdragon 210 chipset, which offers good performance. The chipset has 85% power of mid-range Snapdragon 410. The phone has a RAM of 1 GB. Both, primary and secondary cameras of the phone have a resolution of 5 MP and 6x zoom. The front camera is capable of taking good selfies.

The display of the Flame 1 handset is 4.5 inches, with a resolution of 4.1 lakh pixels, which can be inferred as218 dots per inch. The phone has a built-in memory of 8 GB, which can be expanded to 32 GB. It comes with a battery of 2000mAh power, which will be enough to run the phone throughout the day. The operating system of the phone is Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Freebies with the Phone

Apart from the hardware, the LYF branded phone has other advantages. Once Reliance Jio rolls out its 4G service, the company will offer free data, SMS, and voice packs on the phone. It may offer 30 GB of free data. Experts say that the freebies offered with the Flame 1 phone are worth INR 5,000, making it one of the best buys in terms of value for money.

It is expected that the yet to be launched Wind phone will have 50 GB of data and 5,000 minutes free. The phone will be priced around INR 9,000 to INR 10,000.

The Flame 1 phone will come with the Reliance Jio network. It will support all three bands of 2300 MHz,850 MHz, and 1800 MHz. The phone will let users make calls over Internet Protocol, with the same dialler used for regular calls. Users may easily make calls over Wi-Fi connections to save money.

Reliance Digital Store

Reliance Digital is the main distributor of the LYF branded phone. Reliance Digital is the electronics arm of the retailer, Reliance Retail, which belongs to the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries.

Currently, Reliance Digital has not put the phone on sale online. It only offers a registration facility. Users need to enter their personal details, such as their email address, phone number, city of residence, and preferred Reliance Digital store.

At present, Water 1 and Earth 1 phones are available at Reliance Digital outlets in a number of major cities across the country. Reliance Jio may officially launch its services between March and April, this year, which means that buyers can look forward to enjoying the freebies in the near future.

Summary

Jio launched the cheapest VoLTE-enabled phone in India, Flame 1 at INR 6,490.