Reliance Jio may Introduce Nvidia Shield to India

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.

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