Jio, Microsoft to Enhance Adoption of Data Analytics, AI, Blockchain, IoT, MEC among SMEs in India

Jio, Microsoft to Enhance Adoption of Data Analytics, AI, Blockchain, IoT, MEC among SMEs in India Image Credit: Microsoft

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and Microsoft announced that they are embarking on a unique, comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.

In combining efforts, Jio and Microsoft aim to enhance the adoption of leading technologies like data analytics, AI, cognitive services, blockchain, Internet of Things, and edge computing among small and medium enterprises to make them ready to compete and grow, while helping accelerate technology-led GDP growth in India and driving adoption of next-gen technology solutions at scale.

As part of the agreement, Jio will provide its internal workforce with cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools available with Microsoft 365 and will migrate its non-network applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The Operator will promote the adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform within its growing ecosystem of startups, as part of Jio’s cloud-first strategy.

Jio will also set up datacenters in locations across India, consisting of next-generation compute, storage and networking capabilities, and Microsoft will deploy its Azure platform in these datacenters to support Jio’s offerings.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and MD, Reliance Industries
By working together to develop innovative and affordable cloud-enabled digital solutions built around Jio’s world-class digital infrastructure and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, we will accelerate the digitization of the Indian economy and make Indian businesses globally competitive.

Staya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
The combination of Jio’s leading connectivity and digital solutions with Azure, Azure AI and Office 365 will bring powerful tools and platforms for compute, storage, productivity and more to millions of businesses in the country.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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