Mumbai: RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani Monday announced long-term Reliance-Microsoft partnership to accelerate India’s digital transformation by setting up a network of large world-class data centers across India.
“Today, I am glad to announce that Jio and Microsoft have entered into a globally unique long-term alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of our country,” he said addressing RIL’s 42nd Annual General Meeting here.
As part of this alliance, Jio will set up a network of large world-class datacenters across India and Microsoft will bring its Azure cloud platform into Jio’s datacenters, he said.
Ambani said it is a national imperative to develop a nation-wide cloud computing infrastructure that is both cutting-edge and affordable.
Today, Microsoft’s Cloud platform Azure is one of the world’s leading cloud platforms, he said.
“When we put these two pieces (Microsoft’s cloud platform and Jio’s connectivity) together, we now have the capability to develop truly India-native solutions including Speech Recognition and Natural language understanding for all major Indian languages and dialects,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the long-term partnership combines the power of Azure, Azure AI and Office 365, with Jio’s
connectivity and digital solutions.
“Together, we will offer comprehensive technology solutions – from compute and storage, to connectivity and productivity – to SMBs everywhere in the country,” he said.
Nadella also said both companies will launch new cloud datacenters in India, ensuring tools and platform accessibility to more organizations to build their own digital capability.
Jio and Microsoft will jointly offer Office 365, so that more organizations can empower their employees with a modern workplace, he added.
The tieup will also bring Azure Cognitive Services to more devices and create new intelligent experiences, with support for 13 Indian languages and others, Nadella said.
“At Microsoft, we don’t celebrate technology for technology’s sake, but rather we celebrate what others are empowered to do with that technology,” he added.
Moreover, Microsoft’s ambition is to make all these solutions accessible and affordable so they can reach as many people and organizations in India as possible, Nadella said.
“I am excited to see how customers will be able to achieve more because of this partnership and I am excited about our collective opportunity ahead,” he said.