Posts Tagged ‘Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited’

Jio is Helping 4G Growth and Making India the Largest Mobile Data User

June 22, 2017

Reliance Jio Infocomm is the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) led by Mukesh Ambani. According to experts in the industry, Reliance Jio is driving the growth of 4G in India. In a televised conference, Chairman Mukesh Ambani remarked that India is the top-ranked country in terms of mobile data usage.

How is Jio helping 4G growth?

The Japanese company, Rohm is of the opinion that Reliance Jio is paving the way for India’s 4G growth. According to Daisuke Nakamura, the Managing Director of Rohm, 4G has been introduced into the world a while ago, but because of service providers like Reliance Jio, India has the fastest rate of growth of 4G mobile data.

He is of the opinion that 4G is the best solution for non-urban areas in India to get access to high-speed Internet since broadband is currently only limited to urban cities. To get a 4G connection, 3G and 2G infrastructure just need to be upgraded. He believes that this is more feasible than setting up the broadband infrastructure.

Statistics shared by Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani shared some statistics regarding Reliance Jio and the Indian telecom sector in a conference held in February 2017. Some of these are as follows:

  • India is the leading country in terms of mobile data usage.
  • Reliance Jio users are consuming data in excess of 100 crore GB every month.
  • Users on the Jio network are consuming data that is in excess of 3.3 crore GB per day.
  • Last year, India held the 150th position world over in terms of broadband penetration.
  • Users of Reliance Jio have made video and voice calls of more than 200 crore minutes
  • Reliance Jio subscribers utilize as much data as the United States of America, collectively.
  • Jio users consume around 50 percent more mobile data than China.
  • In a period of mere six months, India has adopted digitization much faster than any other country.
  • Reliance Jio has become the largest mobile video networks world over.

About Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio was launched by Mukesh Ambani on 5th September 2016. The launch was done with introducing the ‘Welcome offer’ that allowed subscribers to use Jio’s 4G services for free for a period of three months. After the expiration of this offer, another one called the ‘Happy New Year Offer’ was introduced that extended these free benefits for another period of three months. In 170 days, Jio gained 100 million customers. According to Mukesh Ambani, this was an unparalleled level of embracing of any technology that has never been seen before.

Mukesh Ambani has shared that Reliance Jio has the most number of 4G base stations in the Indian telecom space. Jio alone has twice the number of 4G base stations than all the other telecom operators combined.

Apart from this, in a couple of years, Reliance Jio is aiming to increase its data capacity to double its current capacity.

Summary

Rohm stated that Reliance Jio is driving the 4G growth in India. Besides, India is now using the highest amount of mobile data in the world, according to Mukesh Ambani.

Reliance Industries and BP to Invest USD 6 Billion in Three Projects

June 16, 2017

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP Plc. (BP) have announced that they are going to invest INR 40,000 crore or USD 6 billion in three projects over a three- to five-year period.

About the project

The project aims to develop discoveries in the deepwater gas fields in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin. The first project will be for the R-series (D34). This project is a dry gas development in water that is deeper than 2000 meters. It is around 70 kilometers off shore. The two companies will develop the fields as a subsea tieback to the present riser and control platform off block KG-D6.

It is expected that the project will produce 12 million cubic meters per day. Contracts for the development of the fields will be awarded soon.

The implementation of the other two projects in the KG-D6 block is subject to the necessary regulatory and government approvals. RIL and BP are planning to submit their plans to the government for approval before 2017 ends.

Mukesh Ambani, the Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) of RIL said that the companies have an arbitration pending with the government. He also said that they will follow the normal course of law. He is sure that this will not come in the way of their investment and will have a fair outcome.

All three projects together are expected to bring on-stream about 30 to 35 million cubic meters or one billion cubic feet of gas per day during the years between 2020 and 2022.

RIL and BP partnership

RIL and BP partnership began when BP acquired a 30 percent stake for USD 7.2 billion in 21 gas and oil production-sharing contracts controlled by RIL, in 2011. The companies are also working together to expand their partnership and develop unconventional mobility solutions to address the digitization, electrification, and disruptive mobility trends.

At present, RIL owns 60 percent stake and BP owns 30 percent stake; while Canada-based Niko Resources Limited owns the remaining 10 percent of the KG basin.

Impact on Indian fuel market

The production from this development is expected to reduce India’s import dependence on gas by over 10 percent in 2022. According to Mukesh Ambani, the demand for fuel in India is expected to grow by about five to seven percent every year over the next decade.

Effect of the projects on shares

Most experts feel that the above projects are better for long-term outcomes. According to AK Prabhakar, Head of Research at IDBI Capital, such projects take time to deliver a positive Return on Equity (RoE).

Ambareesh Baliga, an independent market analyst was of the opinion that while RIL’s shares will not shoot up as it has been doing during the market decline in the recent past, the shares of the company may touch INR 1,500 in the next one to two years.

On 15th June 2017, the shares of oil market companies slipped up to 5 percent due to the expectation of fierce competition.

Summary

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP Plc. will invest USD 6 billion in three projects for developing discoveries over a three- to five-year period.

Reliance Jio to Launch New 4G Feature Phones

June 9, 2017

There have been rumors since January that Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is going to release a 4G feature phone in the market, soon.  A recent report by 91mobiles revealed that Reliance Retail, the company that owns the LYF range of phones will be releasing two variants of the new 4G feature phone.

Specifications of the new phones

According to the report, the phones will be 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phones. They will come bundled with a new Reliance Jio 4G SIM card and Jio apps. There will be two variants of the phone. The first is a model with a Qualcomm chip while the second variant has a Spreadtrum chip.

Both phones have an alphanumeric keyboard below a 2.4-inch screen. The phones also have a 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage that is expandable with a microSD card, a 2 MP rear camera, and a front Video Graphics Array (VGA) camera. The phones are also said to have Wi-Fi, Near Field Communication (NFC), and Global Positioning System (GPS) although nothing yet has been said about the wireless tethering option. Besides, the phones will have dedicated buttons for Jio apps like MyJio, JioCinema, JioTV, and JioMusic.

Price of the new phones

The model with the Qualcomm chip will cost around INR 1,800 or USD 28. The model with Spreadtrum chip will be a little cheaper at around INR 1,740 or USD 27. However, the company is planning to initially offer the phones at a subsidy. It is expected that the cost of the phones will range from INR 999 to INR 1,500 in the initial period.

Why is Jio launching feature phones?

With the 4G-enabled VoLTE feature phones, Reliance Jio is hoping to penetrate the rural market and attract users of low-end phones, who want high-speed internet. The telecom operator, who managed to acquire a customer base of over a 100 million subscribers in the first six months of its launch, has decided to go after the untapped rural segment for its future growth.

India’s mobile market is largely skewered towards feature phones instead of smart phones. As per research conducted by CyberMedia Research (CMR), 59 percent of the entire mobile market in India is dominated by feature phones. Thus, Reliance Jio has moved towards the segment of feature phones.

About 91mobiles and CMR

91mobiles is an online gadget research site. It offers latest news, tools, and reviews to users and helps them find gadgets that best suit their needs.

CMR is a market research, advisory, and consulting company. It is a member of the Market Research Society of India.

About Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is the telecom subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). During its launch in 2016, Reliance Jio offered customers services for free via its Welcome offer and then its Happy New Year offer. This helped the company to increase its user base to over a 100 million. Post that, it started charging a very low price for its services.

Summary

Reliance Jio is all set to launch two new feature phones to expand its user base.

Mary Meeker Report Highlights the Role of Jio in Driving Indian Internet Growth

June 2, 2017

The 2017 edition of the Mary Meeker Annual Internet Trends Report claims that Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has played an important part in increasing Internet usage among Indians. With 355 million Internet users, India comes second in the world after China. The report also suggests that this 355 million equals to only 27 percent of population penetration, which means that there is still a lot of scope for increasing the number of Internet users and thus making it a lucrative market.

The report claims that despite Jio’s breakneck rapid growth has slowed down ever since the telecom provider has started charging for its services in 2017, there has been a surge in the Internet usage by Indian consumers. There are two reasons being attributed to this:

  • Firstly, there has been a trend of smart phone prices declining over the years making them more affordable.
  • Secondly, there has been a fall in Internet prices due to the price wars that started when Jio entered the telecom market.

How Jio conquered the market?

According to the Mary Meeker report, the cost of offering a 1 GB data plan per month is approximately INR 123 or around INR 1,482 on an average for 12 months. According to international standards, this cost is below the affordable limit of the Internet.

In September 2016, when Jio launched its services, it offered customers 4 GB data per day for free till December 2016. Post that, Jio rolled out its ‘Happy New Year’ plan, where consumers were offered 1 GB data per day for free. This is what forced other telecom operators to lower their data costs.

In March 2017, Jio announced its Jio Prime plan where consumers had to begin paying for data. However, the average cost per GB of data was still very low at around INR 11 per GB. This was much cheaper than what the other big players in the market were offering.

In February 2017, Jio announced that it had crossed the 100 million subscriber mark and as per figures recently released by the company, 72 million customers have enrolled in Jio’s Prime plan. With this, Jio has cornered around 39 percent of the mobile broadband market in India and 79 percent of the total Internet traffic. Besides, according to Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of the company, every month, Jio subscribers were using 100 crore GB of data during that time.

About Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio Infocomm is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The telecom company is currently headed by Mukesh Ambani. It was launched in September 2016 and has since then witnessed rapid growth.

After conquering the Indian mobile broadband market, Jio is now planning to roll out its fixed line broadband service by Diwali 2017. The company will offer high-speed broadband Internet at attractive prices.

Summary

According to the Mary Meeker Annual Internet Trends Report, Reliance Jio has helped in the significant growth of Indian Internet through its affordable plans and offers.

Reliance Jio Offers Cashback on Purchase of JioFi Device

May 26, 2017

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is working towards bringing high-speed Internet to an affordable price by introducing two separate offers on its JioFi hotspot device.

JioFi device

The JioFi device creates a hotspot by using a Jio 4G SIM, which may be used by multiple devices to access the Internet. Up to ten devices are recommended to be connected to the hotspot device. These include phones, laptops, and tablets, among others.

By installing the Jio4GVoice application on their 2G or 3G smart phones, users may also make free calls, send messages, and make HD video calls.

According to Reliance Jio, the JioFi device offers download speed up to 150 Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps. The device is powered by a 2300 mAh battery that functions for five to six hours on a single charge.

The JioFi device is available on the official website of Reliance Jio. It costs INR 1,999. One may also purchase it using the EMI option, which begins at INR 95.03.

Offers on JioFi devices 

The first offer by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio provides a 100 percent cashback on purchase of the JioFi device. To be eligible for this offer, the user must exchange his old dongle. On doing so, the user will get free 4G data worth INR 2,010. This data will be made available in the form of ten top ups of INR 201 each offering 5 GB data each.

The second offer is for those who do not have a dongle to exchange. The purchaser is offered benefits worth INR 1,005 in the form of five data top ups of 5 GB data each, priced at INR 201 each. Considering this cashback, the effective cost of JioFi device comes up to INR 994.

Thus, anyone who purchases the JioFi device is eligible to get a cashback in the form of data top ups. These data top ups will expire on 31st March 2018.

Procedure to avail of the offers 

To avail of the JioFi device offers, users should do the following:

  • Purchase the JioFi device online from the official Reliance Jio website.
  • After purchasing the device, visit any Reliance Digital or Reliance Jio store with the original receipt and with or without an old dongle.
  • To access the Internet, the user will need a Jio SIM. To get the SIM, the user needs to submit original and copies of a proof of identity, a proof of address, and a passport size photograph. If eKYC has already been done, then only Aadhaar card will be required.
  • The new customer is then advised to become a Jio Prime member by paying INR 99 and make a recharge by choosing between the INR 309 and INR 509 plans. This will enable the user to avail of the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer.
  • After the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer has ended, users must recharge their SIM with a minimum of INR 149 to continue using the services.
  • Post this, the subscriber will be able to enjoy the benefits of the free data top ups.

Summary

Reliance Jio has introduced two separate cashback offers for customers purchasing its hotspot device, JioFi.

Jio to Gain Market Share from Incumbent Telecom Operators

May 16, 2017

As per a report by India Ratings and Research, a rating agency, existing telecom operators are about to lose a part of their market share to Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio.

Current status of the Indian telecom industry

According to India Ratings and Research, the top players in the Indian telecom sector will continue to lose revenues and suffer from profitability due to Reliance Jio’s strategies. At the same time, a number of them will also face an increase in their debts owing to the capital spent on network and spectrum.

The agency revised its outlook on the telecom services sector to negative. It was previously stable. This is because the credit profiles of existing telecom operators deteriorated more than expected due to Reliance Jio’s free offerings and deals.

Future of data tariffs and revenues

According to India Ratings and Research, data tariffs are likely to decrease in the current financial year. The average revenue per user (ARPU) is also expected to decline despite the rise in data usage volume. Moreover, the agency claimed that data usage will increase by 35 percent to 40 percent to reach 1,250 MB in the current financial year.

India Ratings and Research expects data to have 30 percent share in the revenue of the telecom sector in the current financial year while the revenues will see an increase of about 15 percent to 20 percent. Despite a high increase in the volume of data, revenue will not have an equivalent increase. Besides, data realization may decrease by 20 percent to 30 percent.

Reason for increase in data usage

The Indian arm of the global rating agency, Fitch Ratings claimed that the reasons for the increase in data usage in India are:

  • Reliance Jio’s data-centric strategy
  • Wide availability of cheaper smartphones
  • Quick adoption of 4G

Market competition

According to CRISIL, another rating agency, due to the intense competition stimulated by the launch of Reliance Jio, telecom companies will continue to face difficulties in this financial year.

India Ratings and Research further stated that due to this competition, it is highly likely that there will be in total only four telecom companies in India. Smaller telecom operators will be acquired by the larger ones and the larger telecom companies will collaborate subject to spectrum and market share limits under the ‘Telecom Merger and Acquisition Regulations.’

About Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio is the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). With more than 110 crore GB of data traffic per month, Jio became the largest global network. It also registered 220 crore video and voice minutes per day, during the financial year 2016-2017.

As compared to other telecom service providers, Reliance Jio network recorded the highest average 4G data speed in March 2017. This was recorded by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Jio’s average 4G internet speed was 18.487 Mbps as of 12:30 a.m. on 1st April 2017.

Summary

According to a report by India Ratings and Research, Reliance Jio is all set to win a larger market share from existing telecom operators.

Reliance Jio to Lease Dark Fiber laid under BharatNet Initiative

May 9, 2017

BharatNet is a Centre-State collective project started under the UPA-II government in 2011. The objective was to create a network infrastructure that offers affordable broadband connectivity to all households. Though the project suffered a few setbacks, it once again came to the fore with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative.

As per the ongoing talks with the government, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio may become the first telecom operator in the country to lease fiber being deployed under the BharatNet project.

Implementation plan of BharatNet program

BharatNet project’s implementation plan designed earlier was divided into three phases:

  • The first phase was to offer broadband connectivity to one lakh gram panchayats by placing underground optic fiber cable (OFC) lines by March 2017.
  • The second phase planned to supply connectivity to the country’s 2.5 lakh gram panchayats using an efficient combination of underground fiber, radio and satellite media, and fiber over power lines. This was planned to be done by December 2018.
  • The third phase ranging from 2018 to 2023 included the establishment of a robust network.

How Reliance Jio plans to contribute?

BharatNet initiative is to be accomplished through collaboration between the States and the private sector. The project is currently in its first phase with over 2.1 lakh km of optic fiber cable being placed. Out of the total fiber laid under the project, the highest number of active gram panchayats have been achieved in the state of Karnataka with 4,735.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is planning to lease dark optic fiber from the government through discussions with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The company is currently analyzing business possibilities available in Haryana and Karnataka to utilize the unused fiber.

Given that the backhaul connectivity in Karnataka and Haryana is already in place, N. Sivasailam, Additional Secretary of DoT, confirmed that Reliance Jio has asked for an opportunity in these states.

N. Sivasailam informed that the price point to lease optic fiber differs according to the state; however, the minimum rests at around INR 2,000 per km. Furthermore, he also revealed that Reliance Jio wishes to take the fiber to mobile towers. The company is conducting a feasibility review of different sites in these two states to determine the best business points, he added.

Suggestions for BharatNet initiative

N. Sivasailam suggested the implementation of optical line terminal (OLT) by telecom service providers at a block level and facilitation of digital connectivity by the DoT to link local businessmen and small enterprises.

A panel consisting of experts from the Information Technology (IT) sector had previously recommended reserving 50 percent pairs of dark fiber at gram panchayats for telecom service providers, local cable operators, multi-system operators, and Internet service providers. This would help secure bandwidth with the means of infrastructure established through government investment.

Summary

Reliance Jio is in talks to become the first telecom operator in the country to lease unused or dark fiber laid by the government under the BharatNet program.

Reliance Industries Commissioned World’s Largest Ethane Plant in Record Time

April 21, 2017

On 19th April 2017, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced that it has started the ethane plant at its Dahej manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The company completed the construction of the largest and most complex plant in the world in record time by spending USD 1.5 billion.

Statements from RIL

In a statement released, the company said that it is pleased to announce the flawless and successful completion of its ethane project at the Dahej manufacturing facility in Gujarat. It also said that it has begun ethane cracking, and ethane receiving and handling facilities at the plant in less than three years, which is a record time.

RIL stated that the successful start-up shows the company’s capacity to create a world-scale infrastructure with the help of complex technologies. The company added that the execution of this project at such a large scale is first-of-its-kind in the world.

RIL said that the supply of ethane will offer feedstock security and flexibility. It will let the company choose the most optimal feed mix depending on market conditions.

The statement further mentioned that this will improve the cost competitiveness of the company’s present crackers and let RIL optimize its portfolio in a volatile market environment.

Transportation of ethane from the US

Natural gas ethane is produced in abundance in North America because of the shale gas revolution. The revolution has generated cooking gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in large quantities. In the past five years,  North America’s shale gas industry has witnessed a phenomenal growth and this has reduced ethane prices.

RIL will import ethane from North America in large quantities and use it in its cracker as feedstock to make petrochemicals. The company has planned to transport 1.5 million tons of ethane every year from its shale joint ventures in the United States (US) to its manufacturing plant in Gujarat. Ethane is mainly used as a petrochemical feedstock. It makes ethylene by the process of steam cracking.

Mukesh Ambani led RIL has two joint ventures in Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania. One of its joint ventures is with Chevron. The company has made an investment of USD 1.7 billion for this. Its other joint venture is with Carrizo Oil & Gas. For this, RIL has made an investment of USD 392 million.

The entire process chain began from securing ethane refrigeration capacity in Gulf Coast in the US. The next step was delivering dedicated Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) to ship ethane to the West Coast of India from the US Gulf Coast. The VLECs later transported liquefied ethane to the Dahej terminal in Gujarat.

RIL constructed ethane receipt and handling facilities at its manufacturing plants in Dahej, Nagothane, and Hazira. The construction included setting up of pipelines and upgrading of crackers to receive ethane. The liquefied ethane received in Dahej will be used to supply feedstock for crackers in RIL’s Dahej, Nagothane, and Hazira manufacturing facilities.

Summary

RIL completed the construction and commissioned the largest ethane plant in the world in a record time at its Dahej manufacturing facility.

Mukesh Ambani on Why Reverse Brain Drain is Necessary

April 11, 2017

The Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani expressed his views on different subjects at the India Today Conclave held in March 2017. 

Mukesh Ambani’s views on reverse brain drain

Mukesh Ambani supported the policies of the United States (US) President Donald Trump and stated that a reverse brain drain is bound to happen. He said that the brightest and best brains should now work to benefit the country and Indians. According to Mr. Ambani, the world is entering the fourth Industrial Revolution and it is also the first technological revolution that will have an impact on us.

He believes that if Indians working outside are brought back, then India will be blessed and its developmental pace will escalate. Mukesh Ambani also believes that all the things in the world happen at the right place and at the right time.

He informed that every month, RIL brings back at least two to three leaders from across the world. He said that people always remain Indian from their heart and they want to come back home. RIL gives them an opportunity for this, he added. 

Mukesh Ambani’s views on Narendra Modi

At the conference, Mukesh Ambani praised Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for his demonetization and digitization drives.

He said that demonetization has converted unproductive money to productive money and brought it to use. It has also enabled the country to move from a cash economy to a digitally enabled optimal cash economy. He believes that currently, India is performing well and has a promising future.

Mukesh Ambani said that India today has a potential leader which would help it lead the industrial revolution. He feels that the country has a leader who understands the world and technology along with understanding his people.

Mukesh Ambani was impressed by PM Narendra Modi when he visited the US. The Indian Prime Minister joined the then US President Barack Obama for dinner and they only discussed how technology would help to develop the poor in a country.

Mukesh Ambani’s views on technology

Speaking of the industrial revolution, Mukesh Ambani said that technology will play a significant role in the revolution. He believes that technologies like cloud computing, robotics, nanotechnology, mobile Internet, artificial intelligence, and genomics will be the foundation of this revolution.

Mukesh Ambani said that in today’s technological world, it takes a fraction of a second for information to travel all around in digital form. According to him, technology is a leveller as it does not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, and religion.

Mukesh Ambani feels that India has the ability to lead the industrial revolution. He stated five reasons for this. They are India’s majority of the youth population, a wide scope for technological infrastructure, citizens connected to the global Internet, large and an open market, and an ambitious leader.

He believes that India’s street smartness and the global technology will form an unbeatable combination to enable the country to lead the digital revolution. He revealed that post the launch of Reliance Jio, India became the highest data consumer in the world in just 170 days and said that Jio will be connecting 58,000 schools and colleges to overcome the challenges of education in India.

Summary

At the India Today Conclave 2017, Mukesh Ambani expressed his views on reverse brain drain, technology, and digitization, and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Reliance Jio Collaborates with AT&T and The Linux Foundation for the ONAP Project

April 5, 2017

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm led by Mukesh Ambani has joined hands with the US-based telecom operator American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) and The Linux Foundation. Reliance Jio will be working with open source communities via the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project as a Platinum member. The collaboration will enable Jio to propel innovation in the telecom industry in areas of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Reliance Jio’s association with ONAP

ONAP is the fastest-growing open networking initiative as it has unified open source community members and industry leaders from Europe, North America, and Asia.

President of Reliance Jio, Mathew Oommen expressed his delight over the collaboration with the ONAP community. He stated that Reliance Jio’s assets and resources in the association will help to make telecom a cloud-centric digital platform. Developers, customers, and partners will then be able to contribute and add value to the platform, he added.

Reliance Jio has established an excellent all-Internet Protocol (IP) network with 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Jio is the only network that supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology and has been established as a mobile video network from the ground up. Jio’s pan-India 4G network has made the company, the largest data carrier in the world.

Jio’s involvement in the ONAP project proves its dedication towards network transformation. Through open source network, the company aims to move beyond its all-IP and 4G LTE network technologies. The open source program will assist Jio in offering quick, innovative and affordable services across wireless and wireline technologies.

Mathew Oommen also said that Jio will be an active participant in the ONAP initiative and this will enhance its delivery, management, and service creation.

About ONAP

ONAP is a joined project and one of the largest open source programs, created in February 2017. The project is operated by The Linux Foundation’s Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) and AT&T’s Enhance Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy (ECOMP). The initiative lets open source community developers and software, cloud and network providers to work together in an open ecosystem, thus encouraging innovative services.

ONAP project has members like AT&T, China Mobile, Nokia, China Telecom, Tech Mahindra, ZTE, Cisco, Ericsson, VMware, GigaSpaces, Bell Canada, Huawei, Amdocs, IBM, Orange, and Intel, among others. Reliance Jio became the first Indian telecom operator to join ONAP.

Chris Rice, the Chairperson of ONAP and Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs said that ONAP is excited to have Reliance Jio as a member. The company will help ONAP to expand its global reach. He further stated that ONAP aims to make and promote a robust networking automation community with Jio’s support.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is establishing global centers of excellence and offering resources for new initiatives. Its association with ONAP will expedite the process and support The Linux Foundation in future service innovations and developments.

Summary

Reliance Jio collaborated with The Linux Foundation and AT&T for the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project to drive innovation in the telecom industry.