Reliance Communications enters IoT business, taps Jasper

Global Cloud Xchange CEO Bill Barney
Indian telecom service provider Reliance Communications has selected Jasper, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to enter the IoT business.

Reliance’s 11 data centers and its Global Cloud Exchange (Cloud X) platform and Jasper’s IoT services platform will enable enterprises to utilize IoT services.

Recently, a survey by Tripwire said that the number of installed Internet of Things (IoT) devices will reach 28 billion by 2020 which will deliver global economic value add of $1.9 trillion.

Bill Barney, CEO of Reliance Communications (Enterprise) & Global Cloud Xchange, said that Reliance Group companies will be the anchor clients for the IoT rollout in India.

Reliance Communications is in talks with Indian enterprises and state governments across India for the deployment of this IoT platform. Reliance Communications has nearly 39,000 enterprise customers.

One of the focus areas for Reliance Communications will be smart city projects in India. Union Urban Development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu today announced the list of 98 cities nominated for the Smart City Mission. These include 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, 7 from Madhya Pradesh, 3 each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. Nine capital cities that were not nominated for the mission include Itanagar, Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

Jahangir Mohammed, founder and chief executive officer of Jasper, said: “This partnership allows us to support enterprises and governments throughout India in optimizing and automating every stage of their IoT service lifecycle, enabling companies to get the most out of their devices, networks and applications.”

More than 2,000 companies in over 20 vertical markets used Jasper for their IoT services. Jasper partners with 25 mobile operator groups, representing more than 100 mobile operator networks worldwide.

Santa Clara, California-based Jasper also announced a partnership with software major Microsoft to provide enterprises worldwide with an IoT service management solution.

According to a report published by MarketsandMarkets, the market size of global M2M Connections is expected to reach $35.16 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.57 percent between 2015 and 2020. Among cellular M2M connections, the highest number of connections is expected to be of 3G connectivity, followed by 2G and 4G connectivity. The 4G M2M connections are projected to grow at the fastest rate.

Recently, Jasper announced its IoT partnership with SoftBank, a telecom operator in Japan to enable enterprises throughout Japan to deploy, manage and monetize IoT businesses. SoftBank customers across Japan will be able to use Control Center, a cloud-based IoT platform from Jasper, to introduce new IoT services and transform their businesses.

Baburajan K
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