Microsoft has announced it is entering a partnership with Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) with a focus on furthering the digital transformation happening in India. The company describes the collaboration as a “unique, comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship”.

Jio is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited and acts as a 4G network provider in India. Microsoft says the partnership will last 10 years and aim to accelerate digitalization through solutions based on storage services, connectivity, and computing.

Microsoft and Jio will work to improve digital transformation pathways through Indian society and economy.

Among the technologies the companies will use will include AI, Internet of Things, blockchain, cognitive services, and edge computing. Microsoft and Jio will work with organizations in India to help them improve their digital output through the adoption of innovative technology.

“We have an incredible opportunity to apply advances in technology to help organizations across India innovate and grow,” says Satya 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.”

Collaboration

Microsoft detailed what is included in the new partnership:

  1. “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.
  2. Jio’s connectivity infrastructure that aims to connect everyone, everything, everywhere will promote the adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform within its growing ecosystem of startups, as part of Jio’s cloud-first strategy.
  3. Jio will 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. The initial two datacenters, which can house IT equipment consuming up to 7.5 MW of power, are being set up in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. These are targeted to be fully operational in calendar year 2020.
  4. Jio will leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to develop innovative cloud solutions focused on the needs of Indian businesses. Through these Jio-developed solutions:

Jio will be executing on its vision of integrated speech and computer vision solutions for Indian customers by working together with Microsoft to develop solutions that support major Indian languages and dialects, which will promote the adoption of technology across all cross-sections of Indian society.”