Cisco signs IP network deal with Reliance Jio for capacity expansion

Cisco technology at MWC 2017Enterprise networking major Cisco today announced its all-IP converged network deal with Reliance Jio Infocomm for expanding Jio’s existing multi-terabit capacity.

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Reliance Jio, a telecom venture promoted by Mukesh Ambani, achieved 100 million broadband and VoLTE customers within six months of launch. Reliance Jio is the largest 4G operator in India. Reliance Jio recently said it would double its capacity and reach 4G coverage to 99 percent of India’s population.

“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 scalable cloud centric All-IP Digital Services Network Platform meeting unprecedented data growth,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio.

Cisco All-IP network will assist Reliance Jio to deliver the vision of Digital India and transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and financial inclusion to entertainment, agriculture, education, and healthcare in the country.

Jio network, which is supporting 4G customers with free voice and data services, has exceeded consumption of more than 1 exabyte of data per month, establishing its clear leadership as the dominant data network.

Cisco forecasts that mobile data traffic will grow 7-fold from 2016 to 2021.

The Jio All-IP digital platform is a result of co-innovation around product and services between the two companies. It 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.

Reliance Jio has 300,000 KM of fiber, and built India’s largest cloud data center to build platforms for applications and vertical solutions.

Since its launch in September 2016, 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.

Jio’s infrastructure and CDN extends beyond geographical boundaries of India into Singapore, France, London, New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. With this Jio has direct interconnect with global carriers and content providers enabling low-latency and high-quality experience for users in India.

Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco, said: “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.”