Reliance and Jio bet big on AI

28th August 2023
Reliance and Jio bet big on AI
Kiran Thomas explains the features of the Jio Set Top Box at the Reliance AGM today

August  28, 2023:  Key technology-related announcements at the 46th AGM of Reliance Industries Ltd:
Jio’s overall customer base has now crossed the milestone of 450 million subscribers, reflecting a year-on-year revenue growth of over 20%. Per-user data consumption on Jio’s network has also surged, with the average user now consuming over 25 GB every month. This translates to a monthly data traffic of 1100 crore GB, representing a 45% year-on-year growth. 
Jio 5G is already present in over 96% of the census towns of our country. And we’re on track to cover the entire country by December this year. This makes Jio 5G the fastest-ever 5G rollout of this scale anywhere in the world
Today, nearly 85% of the total 5G cells operational in India are in Jio’s network. At our current pace, we are adding one 5G cell to our network every 10 seconds, and we will have nearly one million 5G cells operational in our network by December
Recently, we used our own 5G stack to become the first operator in the world to launch commercial services on millimetre-wave spectrum, using Standalone 5G. This high-capacity, low-latency layer will significantly enhance private 5G, home broadband, and enterprise use cases
We have also built our own low-power small cells to go deeper into specific pockets of high consumption, like tourist spots and temples, in a highly energy-efficient manner. These advantages, along with our massive scale o
With over 50 million 5G customers, we’re already leading in 5G adoption in India
Jio Bharat
To eliminate this digital divide in India once and for all, we have recently launched Jio Bharat, a revolutionary, ultraaffordable 4G phone. Priced at ` 999, which is less than the price of a 2G featurephone, Jio Bharat has smartphone-like features such as live TV, streaming video and music, digital photography, and even UPI payments. We expect a bulk of 2G users to join our network.
"JioFiber, is our optical fibre-based home broadband service. In just a few years, despite COVID-19 disruptions, Jio Fiber has crossed 10 million subscribers, each of whom consumes, on an average, over 280 GB of data per month which is over 10 times higher than our per-capita mobile data consumption."
Today, Jio’s optical fibre infrastructure spans over 1.5 million km across India. This immense scale puts us in a league of our own, far ahead of the competition. Our extensive optical fibre presence puts us in close proximity to over 200 million premises
Jio Air Fiber

JioAirFiber uses our pan-India 5G network and advanced wireless technologies to bypass the need for last-mile fibre. Through optical fibre, we can currently connect around 15,000 premises daily. But with JioAirFiber, we can supercharge this expansion with up to 150,000 connections per day which is a 10-fold increase, expanding our addressable market over the next three years to over 200 million high-paying homes and premises.
JioAirFiber will launch on  September 19,
Jio Smart Home
Reliance introduced Jio Smart Home services, which is poised to redefine how we experience and manage our homes
Jio Smart Home is anchored by our robust and extensive home broadband offerings. Our extensive JioFiber service already serves over 10 million customers, with hundreds of thousands more getting connected each month. And now, with JioAirFiber, we are expanding our addressable market to over 200 million homes and other premises
"Our next-generation Jio Home Router ensures seamless Wi-Fi coverage within your home. And with the Jio Home smartphone app, you can easily manage your home network.  You can set parental controls, strengthen network security, troubleshoot issues, and even receive suggestions for Wi-Fi extenders if parts of your home have poor Wi-Fi coverage."
Jio Set-Top Box
The Jio Set-top Box is your gateway to a world of entertainment, from TV channels to immersive streaming content, to large-screen games, to digital applications and much more. And the Jio Smart Home app includes an eRemote for your Jio Set-top Box, giving you another convenient option alongside the traditional physical remote control. Plus, it lets you use your smartphone as a gamepad for your Set-top Box, removing the need for a separate game controller
|A Smart Home also needs smart automation. Jio Home’s smart automation capabilities integrate seamlessly with your home devices for safety, security, and convenience. Jio Home works in conjunction with Jio’s home security cameras, providing complete surveillance within and outside your home. Through this setup, you get live video feeds, prompt alerts, and recorded event clips for complete security and peace of mind
Finally, Jio Smart Home is an entire ecosystem. Imagine a seamlessly connected home where multiple devices and digital services work harmoniously. Jio Smart Home makes this possible, and this opens up a world of possibilities
Jio Cloud PC
The next generation of Internet-connected devices will be able to seamlessly integrate in-home computing with Cloud and Edge computing, allowing services like JioCloudPC to revolutionise both affordability and performance. For this we are working very closely with our partners, HP and Google.
Jio True 5G Lab
RIL has announced the Jio True5G Lab, a facility designed to accelerate industry transformation using Jio True5G. In this facility, our technology partners and enterprise customers can develop, test, and co-create multiple industry-specific solutions. The inaugural Jio True5G Lab will be located at the Reliance Corporate Park, acting as the nerve centre for shaping India’s 5G future.
Within the RIL Group, we are rapidly augmenting our talent pool and capabilities to swiftly assimilate the latest global innovations in AI, especially the recent advances in Generative AI. Looking ahead,
"India has the scale. India has the data. India has the talent. But we also need digital infrastructure in India that can handle AI’s immense computational demands." As this sector expands,  RIL says it is committed to create up to 2000 MW of AI-ready computing capacity, across both Cloud and Edge locations

Neil Shaw, Vice President of Research, and Partner, at Counterpoint Research comments  on the RIL announcements
Reliance's shift from a TelCo to a TechCo is underscored by substantial figures, spanning from network to content to services catering to consumers as well as enterprises. With an expansive mobile subscriber base surpassing 450 million, including a notable 50 million on the 5G network, Reliance plays a pivotal role in reshaping digital accessibility. The forthcoming deployment of 1 million 5G cells by the end of the year, coupled with the already wide-ranging coverage of both 5G sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum encompassing over 90% of census towns, reflects steadfast commitment to advancing digital empowerment with broad and denser 5G coverage.
The strategic integration of AI/ML capabilities within their self-developed 5G Stack is advantageous and gives Jio bargaining power and a better understanding of network cost economics. If Jio succeeds with a modified portion of their 5G network running on the indigenous stack, Jio can scale it further by exporting to other operators globally. In addition, Jio's pivot towards empowering the enterprise sector by providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions is notable. Jio's forward-looking 5G Standalone deployment facilitates on-demand network slicing via the Developer platform to power true 5G experiences and services for businesses. This speaks to an evolution beyond networks, focusing on innovative product and service development.
The introduction of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband in the form of AirFiber complements JioFiber to bridge the digital divide and ensure last-mile super-fast broadband connectivity, enabling connected experiences and services from 5G Smart Home to Smart Education.
By betting on AI, Reliance aims to empower themselves beyond connectivity with data-driven decision-making. This step towards self-reliance holds the potential to reshape the digital landscape and foster technological inclusivity across India and soon globally.