Reliance Jio, the 4G telecom operator, has given a new capacity expansion contract for its all-IP converged network to US-based Cisco. The announcement follows a contract to Airspan for the deployment of small cell across the country.
Reliance Jio recently crossed 100 million customer milestone within 170 days of commercial launch. Cisco has been an old partner of Reliance Jio having deployed IP equipment for the 4G telco’s data centres, security solutions, and packet network.
Cisco, in a joint statement, said that Jio’s all-IP network will help the telco transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and financial inclusion to entertainment, agriculture, education, and healthcare in the country.
The all-IP digital platform is built on Cisco’s Open Network Architecture and Cloud Scale Networking technologies featuring IP/MPLS, spanning areas including Data Center, Wi-Fi, Security and Contact Center solutions, according to a statement.
“We at Jio have been able to fundamentally impact how people leverage technology in their everyday lives by delivering inclusive and affordable broadband across India. As part of our journey in fulfilling the aspirations of the nation to be a key transformational agent in Digital Adoption and Leadership, Cisco has been a great partner for in building this highly scalable cloud-centric All-IP Digital Services Network Platform meeting unprecedented data growth,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio.
Cisco said that the all-IP network is built for the ever-increasing volumes of data, and its promise to shape the future of India, with end-to-end digital solutions and broadband for all.
“We share the vision with Reliance Jio for an open, programmable infrastructure to simplify, automate and virtualize core network functions in order to digitize faster . This network marks a milestone, transforming the mobility business in India by delivering a broad range of mobile apps and services from one common platform,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.
Reliance Jio has more than 185,000 miles of fiber, and built India’s largest cloud data centre to build platforms for applications and vertical solutions. Since its launch, Jio has accelerated India’s monthly user data consumption 40 times, the highest in the world. With the advanced All-IP network, Jio offers a premium broadband service at U.S. $0.15/GB, making it the most affordable in the world.
With this network, Jio offers a unique combination of high-speed data, mobile video, VoLTE, digital commerce, media, cloud, and payment services.