Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio), the yet-to-be-launched telecommunications venture of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, on Monday said it has partnered with eight other global telecom companies to form a global alliance.
The move will help all the nine telecom operators, including Reliance Jio, to bring newer products and solutions to a combined user base of more than 1 billion across 80 countries, and bring down costs of operations, the company said in a statement. Other operator partners of the alliance include BT, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, MTS, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM, it said.
“Jio is set to enable each Indian to live a digital life. To this end, we have built the globally largest green-field 4G and fiber network, as well as a suite of digital services that enable entertainment, cloud, payment, and much more,” Rainer Deutschmann, chief product & innovation officer of Reliance Jio, said in the statement. “We invite the best partners to work with us to co-create a Digital India.”
The global network of the nine operators would focus on “exchanging best practices on how to bring partner propositions to the market, on joint efforts in partner scouting and will also exchange knowledge about upcoming trends and services amongst the group,” the statement read.
At the time of launch, these nine operators have already tied-up with 30 innovative partner businesses including Airbnb, Celltick, Disconnect, Idoomoo, Magisto, Mojio and Spotify, the statement said.
The statement further said it would be “an open network of like-minded operators worldwide with complementary geographical footprints” covering all products within the business operations such as mobile as well as fixed, B2C and B2B. “The Alliance will be expanding to additional operators soon,” the statement added.
The development assumes significance as it comes weeks ahead of the much-anticipated commercial launch of Reliance Jio services, and the recent order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on differential pricing of data services and content.
Such an alliance will help Reliance Jio to bring in the best of products for its consumers within the country, while at the same time reach a much larger audience. The partnership will also help drive down costs for Reliance Jio, executives and analysts say.
For instance, Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest telecommunications company by users and revenue, had last March formed a partnership with China Mobile, the world’s largest telecommunications company, to work jointly on evolving technologies like 5G and procuring telecom devices and equipment, as the two operators wanted to benefit from economies of scale in the world’s two biggest markets.