Archive for September, 2016

Beginner’s Guide to Reliance Jio Dongle 2

September 30, 2016

Reliance Jio, the digital subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), provides a range of broadband solutions that serve to enhance the consumer experience. An entire digital ecosystem, Reliance Jio launched its telecom services across India on a commercial scale in September 2016.

Under its present welcome offer, users can avail of free Jio SIM cards. These entail the use of unlimited services like data, voice, and video, as well as access to premium Jio applications at no cost till the 31st of December 2016.

In order to increase connectivity across India, the world’s largest start-up offers a range of broadband services that include Jio 4G SIM cards, JioFi devices, and its latest Jio Dongle 2.

Reliance Jio Dongle 2

Slated to be soon available at Reliance Digital, Digital Xpress, and Xpress Mini stores, the Jio Dongle 2 is a hotspot device. Industry reports suggest that the device will offer users the option to enjoy Jio’s bouquet of applications. The device may also be offered with a one-year warranty card.

Available with a USB port, this cylindrical device retails at Rs. 1,999. The Jio Dongle 2 needs to be plugged in when needed as it does not carry any inbuilt battery, thereby reducing the device’s weight. It sports two LED lights which blink to indicate the status of its Wi-Fi and 4G connections. Users can simultaneously connect up to 10 devices to this dongle.

JioFi and JioFi 2

A MiFi offering by Reliance Jio, the JioFi devices act as personal wireless hotspots. Launched earlier in September 2016, JioFi sports an OLED display and lets users connect up to 10 devices to its hotspot network. Retailing at Rs. 1,999, the JioFi has a 2,600mAh battery. Additionally, it also has a memory card slot that supports microSD cards of up to 32GB. This allows users to download content through its Wi-Fi disk feature and share it with individuals who are on the same network.

The JioFi 2 is also priced at Rs. 1,999 and is an enhanced version of Reliance Jio’s hotspot offerings. JioFi 2 lets users connect more than 30 devices to its wireless network and supports 802.11n/g/b standards in terms of Wi-Fi technology. Outfitted with a 2,300mAh battery, which is also removable, it is touted to support eight hours of heavy usage. Additionally, the JioFi devices may also be used to make HD voice and video calls using the JioJoin application on users’ smart phones.

Led by Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio’s objective is to fulfill the Indian Government’s Digital India initiative. It is also slowly gearing up to launch its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services, which are currently being tested in Chennai and Mumbai.

Summary

Reliance Jio Dongle 2 is another digital offering by the company that will allow non-4G smart phone users to experience its quality broadband network.

RF’s Work in the Field of Healthcare for Women and Children

September 27, 2016

Established in 2010 by Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani, Reliance Foundation (RF) is an organization that serves to expand the charitable activities of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

One of the foundation’s main areas of interest includes providing equal healthcare opportunities, which are affordable as well as easily available, to all sections of Indian society.

Health for All initiative

RF’s motto ‘health for all’ has helped it devise an integrated healthcare model that helps disseminate services to the most afflicted communities across the country. The foundation has developed a network of healthcare delivery mechanisms. More than 35 lakh individuals have benefitted through RF’s initiatives, which span from childcare, specialized care for HIV/AIDS patients, to the treatment of disorders like diabetes.

Since women and children’s health needs often go unnoticed in India, Reliance Foundation caters to them, with some of its initiatives dedicated specially to these groups. The programs help increase awareness regarding several issues that concern women such as cervical cancer, sanitation, hygiene requirements, menstruation, and the importance of child immunization.

Women and children’s healthcare

Owing to menstruation and childbirth, an overwhelmingly large number of women are anemic. Anemia is a disorder wherein an individual’s hemoglobin capacity is diminished, leading to general weakness and fatigue. RF’s initiative focuses on the early detection of this ailment, which in turn would help prevent and manage anemia.

With regard to children, malnutrition poses the biggest risk. Therefore, the foundation works extensively in order to identify afflicted children through its grassroots camps. It then distributes special micro-nutrient supplements that would provide these children with adequate nutrition. Additionally, RF also tracks their developmental status, and provides counseling to their mothers regarding their health. The counseling service offers these mothers insights into correct eating habits. The foundation also works in partnership with local Anganwadi centers, which further extends its reach.

Health Mela

Organized in Mumbai by Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation, the Health Mela was held on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The health camp was aimed at granting quality healthcare services to women. The camp witnessed a large number of healthcare experts coming together to increase awareness about various health services. It provided a platform for women to discuss their problems and find solutions to the same, with the guidance of expert practitioners. Leading doctors also provided free check-ups and medicines at the camp.

As part of its celebrations for International Women’s Day, RF also carries out several health outreach programs in states where the foundation is already conducting rural transformation initiatives. These events are generally aimed at providing a comprehensive insight into maintaining good health for women and children. The camps help increase awareness regarding various ailments, diseases, besides offering free consultations, and long-term solutions to health problems.

Summary

Reliance Foundation is extensively engaging in initiatives that are devised to improve the health of women and children in India.

9 Startups Graduates from GenNext Hub Summer 2016 Program

September 21, 2016

GenNext Hub is the startup scalerator by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) that is nurturing digital entrepreneurship in India. At GenNext Hub, RIL is catalysing a unique start-up ecosystem, which rests on the tripod of talent, technology and trust. This venture is aimed at spotting and encouraging ‘talent’, helping them harness their ‘technology’ and backing them by putting total ‘trust’ in them. During the four-month-long programme, GenNext Hub conducts workshops and mentoring sessions for start-ups in the areas of customer development, market traction, operations, product roadmap, fund raising and pitching. It also provides expertise in IP, legal, financial compliance, HR and specific sectorial expertise. GenNext Hub is uniquely positioned as a global programme that helps start-ups think big and grow fast.

GenNext Hub RELAY, the graduation ceremony of the 9 startups of the summer 2016 cohort is scheduled on Tuesday, 20th September 2016. The cohort of summer 2016 is the third batch of startups to participate in the GenNext Hub scalerator program. These 9 startups were selected from a pool of over 500 qualified applications received from startups spread across the length and breadth of India, and abroad. With a stringent acceptance ratio of 50:1, the selection process also included a jury made up of senior RIL management, established entrepreneurs, renowned investors and industry thought-leaders. To be selected, the startup has to be a registered entity, have a strong founding team consisting of a mix of business and technical expertise, a commercialized product with rich intellectual property and market traction.

With its structured program, GenNext Hub is able to revisit, refine and reinforce the startups’ core product offering and business model. Its rich mentor panel consists of thought-leaders, industry icons, subject matter experts and established entrepreneurs. Along with the external mentors, startups at GenNext Hub also have access to select leaders of RIL for business and technology guidance. The resources made available through GenNext Hub’s global partner network including Microsoft Accelerator, offers startups a holistic support system. Startups leverage the networking events organized by GenNext Hub for both customer and investor connects.

What truly makes GenNext Hub a Scalerator is the unparalleled access to Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the startups to potentially collaborate and co-innovate. With its diverse portfolio of businesses across various sectors and domains, RIL is able to provide the testing bed for the startups to validate their technology and business, execute Proof of Concept (PoC) and develop win-win partnerships.

Startups of summer 2016:

  • Codemojo: Retaining users is a tough job in today’s competitive world of apps and websites. Codemojo offers customer engagement with 10 lines of code & 10 minutes of API integration for omni channel businesses to increase daily & monthly active user base through loyalty, behavior, gamification, referral, wallet, etc. According to the company, the cost of retaining loyal user is currently $4 with a 125% Year-on-Year (YoY) increase translating into a $40 Billion market. Codemojo has recently raised investment from CIO Angel Network (CAN).
  • DATTUS: About 75% of the industrial equipment are over 20 years old and costs $100 Billion annually due to downtime. DATTUS is an industrial IoT company providing seamless hardware and software solutions to sense, connect, visualize and analyze industrial equipment to ensure a long lifespan and to reduce the cost of maintenance. The company was founded by winning multiple business plan competitions through which they raised $250,000. They are the winner of the MIRA Awards, ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ for 2016. Recently they have raised Series Seed round from U.S. based venture capitalists.
  • Don’t Scratch Your Head (DSYH): Lack of seamless reconciliation of sales and inventory causes significant losses for sellers on e-commerce market places. DSYH is next generation data-analytics Company that solves the reconciliation problem with a cloud-based solution. The company has engaged major market places and retailers in the Indian ecosystem to address the $500+ Million opportunity and has raised $250,000 angel investment from Venture Catalysts.
  • Happy2Refer (H2R): It is a pain to reach and engage quality passive talent through traditional job portals and recruiters. H2R is changing the way of hiring by leveraging the power of multidegree referrals to spot and engage passive talent. The company says that the Indian staffing market is a $4.2 Billion opportunity and it has already acquired an impressive list of clientele including Nestle, Colgate-Palmolive, Shaadi.com, etc.
  • Headspin: With growing number of mobile devices being used in various cellular networks, it is very challenging for app developers to understand how their apps behave from remote locations. Backed by Google Ventures and other major Silicon Valley based investors, Headspin makes it possible to test apps on any device with real SIM cards over cloud on massive scale. Potentially all apps with 500,000+ global users will need Headspin.
  • Megdap: Only 10% of India’s population speaks English while majority of the digital communication happens in English. Megdap solves this problem through TexLang, a language technology platform for near time & accurate language translation. Megdap is engaged with major banking customers.
  • NavStik: Each commercial drone application is unique and requires high level of customization. Through a single platform called FlytOS, NavStik Labs is able to address the unique need of every commercial drone application. The market opportunity is estimated to reach $100+ Billion by 2022. NavStik has recently raised investment from 7 prominent angel investors.
  • Recipe Book: Figuring out what to cook on a daily basis is always a challenge given today’s busy lifestyle. Recipe Book is an app that makes it extremely easy to discover new and interesting recipes. The app is an intelligent recipe recommendation and discovery platform based on Image Recognition and Natural Learning Processing (NLP). They were featured in Google I/O 2016 and was the first Indian app to be in Google Play Editors’ Choice.
  • Tagalys: Personalizing online retailers’ website to match the individual users’ taste is a big challenge that leads to lower conversion to sales. Tagalys maximizes e-commerce revenues by personalizing visitor-product engagement across features like site search, browsing and recommendations. Tagalys is targeting customers with more than $5 Million of annual revenues which leads to an estimated total market opportunity of approximately $5 Billion.

Summary

GenNext Hub is the startup scalerator by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) that is nurturing digital entrepreneurship in India.

Reliance Jio Sets a New Target of Acquiring a 250 Million Subscriber Base

September 19, 2016

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio, the telecom operator managed by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) launched its 4G services in September 2016. Owing to the encouraging response received by the digital service provider during its welcome offer, Reliance Jio has revised its plan with regard to the subscriber base.

Targeting a user base of 250 million subscribers, Reliance Jio will soon become the second-biggest Indian operator on achieving the same. The company is gearing up to invest a large amount in order to expand its network capacity. This may even lead to further tie-ups and associations with other companies.

Reliance Jio’s network

Presently, the world’s largest start-up has the ability to serve 100 million wireless broadband users along with 20 million fiber-to-home customers. The company is in talks with several companies that would help in its expansion strategy, including a leading phone manufacturer. The smart phone manufacturer has been working in association with Jio to set up 48,000 telecom towers to add to Jio’s current tally of 1.3 lakh towers. Currently, Jio’s over 5 million subscriber base is increasing rapidly which is leading a high amount of traffic to the telecom operator’s network.

Data usage

On average, Reliance Jio users utilize up to 26GB of data every month, although the average is increasing rapidly. The network operator expects the numbers to rise further once its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services commence. The service is being tested in the two cities of Mumbai and Delhi. The tariff plan prices are expected to start from Rs. 500. The additional users that Jio intends to bring onboard are partly the reason behind the company’s expansion strategy.

Reliance Jio’s plan is to increase its transmission speed from 2TBPS to 250TBPS (TBPS refers to terabits per second). Compared to the industry average of 1GB per month, Jio is raking in 26GB monthly with respect to average data usage.

JioFi devices

Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio introduced a new JioFi 4G hotspot device which is priced at Rs.1, 999. Retailing at the same price as the JioFi 2 device, this smart device boasts of an OLED display and a larger battery. This device is currently available across a limited number of cities.

Larger in size as compared to the JioFi 2 device, its front panel displays the battery percentage, the Wi-Fi icon, and the Jio 4G network bars. It also sports a notifications bar in the display panel. The new JioFi device comes with a matte finish which ensures it is protected from scratches.

Specifications

The new JioFi device has an inbuilt 2,600 mAh battery as compared to the earlier 2,300 mAh one. Offering up to five hours of continuous data usage, this device also offers a microSD card slot for storage up to 32GB. It enables HD voice calling through the JioJoin application. This device allows users to connect up to 10 devices to the portable hotspot.

Summary

Reliance Jio reconsiders its user base strategy based on the positive response received on its welcome offer. The company now plans to acquire 250 million subscribers.

Reliance Jio Commences Testing of its Broadband Services

September 14, 2016

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio, the digital arm and service provider by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) recently initialized the testing of its fiber optics broadband service. The facility will allow users to experience 1GBPS high-speed Internet.

Interested individuals may avail of Reliance Jio broadband services for free under its ‘Welcome Offer’, post which, monthly plans are expected to be made available with prices starting from Rs.500.

Reliance Jio Fiber Broadband

Reliance Jio plans to extend its fiber optics service in the cities of Mumbai and Delhi as part of its pilot testing phase. Post this, the data plans would be priced at Rs. 500/month. The service is called Jio Fiber Broadband.

Jio is implementing fiber optic technology which would help boost its high-speed connectivity. As compared to several players in the market, Jio is offering 1GBPS or 125MBPS which is not measured in megabit but megabytes per second. This would mean that a 1GB file would take approximately 8 seconds to get completely downloaded onto devices when the broadband service is active at full speed.

Set-up process

Individuals may avail of Reliance Jio Fiber Broadband services if their homes or business locations fall under Jio’s extent of coverage. Reliance Jio would have to install wiring which would help create the network. Individuals may even opt for the LYF fiber router and LAN connection, both of which are free under the current preview offer.

Tariff plans

Pricing is expected to be offered across various price bands like Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans. These plans are expected to be mainly based on speed and volume. Along with high-speed Internet services, users will also gain access to a host of Jio applications like JioCinema, JioMusic, and JioTV.

During the RIL AGM, Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani stated that the company would be offering wireless telecom and data services as well as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services through Reliance Jio.

Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio launched its commercial telecom services in September 2016. Active Jio users can avail of free unlimited HD voice and video calling, high-speed 4G data, and premium content streaming platforms. These content services allow individuals to stream music, watch on-demand movies, and experience quality live TV services.

Post the welcome offer period that extends to 31st December 2016, users may either subscribe to Reliance Jio’s prepaid services or postpaid services. The data plans are priced at Rs. 50/GB which is touted to be the cheapest in the world.

Through its offering of broadband and telecom services, Reliance Jio is set to impact the entire digital landscape of India.

Summary

Reliance Jio commences testing phase of its FTTH broadband services in India.

A to Z Guide on Reliance Jio Applications

September 7, 2016

Reliance Jio has officially launched its commercial services across its 22 telecom circles. One of the key features that add to its popularity is the exhaustive range of premium Jio applications which allow individuals to stream content, protect their devices, and do a lot more at no cost till the 31st of December, 2016.

Jio applications

Certain applications are offered as part of the Reliance Jio preview offer. These applications focus on diverse categories like entertainment, storage, and news. Users can start enjoying these apps by downloading the MyJio application which functions as a gateway app.

JioBeats

Users may enjoy uninterrupted music streaming in various languages using JioBeats. They also have the option to download ad-free music onto their smart phones. The comprehensive music streaming service encompasses more than 2.5 million songs along with live radio stations.

JioTV

JioTV is the content streaming platform offered by Reliance Jio that allows individuals to view more than 350 TV channels in over 15 languages. The application will also allow users to catch up with their favorite television shows through the seven-day recap feature. Additionally, the application includes content discovery and reminder facilities.

JioCinema

The JioCinema application is a go-to streaming platform for movie buffs. It offers movie trailers, Jio shorts, and television shows in addition to HD movies. The application functions as an on-demand video library which is home to more than 100,000 hours of content. It allows individuals to recreate a movie experience with its HD streaming and 5.1 surround sound facilities.

JioJoin

The JioJoin application is an attempt by Reliance Jio to streamline calling and messaging in smart phones. This app comprehensively contains your chats, video calls, voice calls, and text messages. Users with non-VoLTE devices may also make HD voice and video calls with the help of JioJoin to any landline or mobile number in the world. Another feature is its convenient file sharing service.

JioNews

The news application, JioNews, allows individuals to keep up with the latest happenings around the world. Users may keep track of events through JioNews’ breaking news service which spans across more than 11 categories. The content, offered in varied Indian languages like Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, and Telugu, may be saved offline and read later.

JioMags

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio makes a plethora of magazine options available for Jio customers through the JioMags app. Spanning several categories and languages, this application acts as a portable magazine bookshelf that lets users enjoy premium subscriptions.

The most important technology today is cloud storage and Jio has it all sorted with the JioDrive app. Jio SIMs and LYF smart phones have an inbuilt 5GB of storage space called JioDrive. This application allows individuals to store their contacts, photos, messages, call logs, and documents, acting as a backup safety net. This application can also be easily accessed through desktop devices.

Summary

Reliance Jio offers a range of premium applications to Jio customers for free until December 31st, 2016.

A Comprehensive Guide to Enjoying Reliance Jio Services

September 2, 2016

Reliance Jio services went live on Thursday, 1st September 2016. Chairman and Managing Director of parent company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani announced the tariff plans while officially launching Jio.

Benefits to customers

Also touted as the world’s cheapest data provider, Reliance Jio has completely eliminated the cost of voice calls. It has made lifetime voice calling free, in addition to pricing data at rates like 1GB/Rs. 50. This is not only helping Jio gain popularity but also praise in terms of its role in the digitization of India.

As Jio continues to focus mainly on the youth of India, the company is offering 25% extra data to students on the purchase of data plans.

Tariff plans

The world’s largest start-up allows users to select from ten of its data packages which range from small to XXX-Large. Valid for a period of 28 days, these plans will allow individuals to thoroughly enjoy premium Jio applications like JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioPlay, and JioMags. The biggest plan, XXXL entails 75GB data and is priced at Rs. 4,999.

Purchasing Jio SIM cards

Interested individuals may visit their nearest Reliance flagship store like Digital Xpress or Reliance Digital. They would have to carry and submit the required documents which would include identity proof, address proof, and a photograph. However, once the e-KYC facility is rolled out over the next two months, individuals will be able to enter a store and walk out with Jio SIM cards in 15 minutes. The e-KYC service would also eliminate the need to submit physical documents, replacing these proofs with a valid Aadhar card.

Reliance Jio services

The superior speed and affordable rates are two factors driving the popularity of Reliance Jio . The tariffs are approximately 1/10th that of other Indian telecom players, which is helping Jio carve a name for itself in the market. The 4G data is supported by high speeds which further boosts its competitive edge.

LYF smart phones

Jio services are complemented by its range of smart devices ranging from JioFi devices to the extensive list of LYF smart phones. While a JioFi device now costs Rs. 1,999, the starting price of LYF smart phones is Rs. 2,999. LYF includes four sub-categories namely FLAME, WIND, EARTH, and WATER. The FLAME series is the most pocket-friendly and allows individuals to experience 4G LTE features at only Rs. 2,999. On the other hand, LYF EARTH 2 is the brand’s most premium smart phone and retails at Rs. 19,999.

In addition to these smart phone models, several manufacturers also have tie-ups with Jio, thereby allowing their customers to avail of the Jio Preview offer. This preview offer is applicable to select smart phone devices falling under brands like LG, Samsung, Karbonn, Lava, HTC, Intex, and Videocon. The offer allows individuals to access unlimited data, voice, and messaging services for free along a period of 90 days.

Summary

Reliance Jio SIM cards are now available commercially and may be conveniently purchased by visiting Reliance-affiliate digital stores.