Jio tycoon is part of billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries.
“It’s a comprehensive partnership, with several parts of Alphabet working together,” Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian told Reuters in an interview on Thursday ahead of Reliance’s annual shareholders meeting.
“Our own partnership extends across many parts of Jio not only to the communications business… but also to health, retail and more. And this allows us to bring our technology to India’s consumers and many businesses at large which are run by Reliance”.
Kurian said that while Google is working with other telcos on 5G around the world, the scale of the Jio-Google cloud partnership is the largest for the California-headquartered company.
He declined to share the terms of the cloud contract with Jio.
Jio inked a 10-year alliance with Microsoft in 2019 that aims to build data centers across India. It will be hosted on Azure cloud to provide services to the emerging start-up economy of the country.
Jio stunned India’s telecom market in 2016 when it launched with cut-price data plans and free voice services. It beat many competitors out of the market and is now the largest mobile carrier in India with over 422 million subscribers.
Google invested $4.5 billion (about Rs 33,370 crore) in Jio’s parent Jio Platforms last year. It was a move that landed the US tech giant a rare board seat with rival Facebook, which has pumped $5.7 billion (about Rs 42,270 crore) into the digital entity.
Ambani has earlier said that Jio, which also counts Qualcomm and Intel among its supporters, will be the “forerunner of the 5G revolution” in India in 2021.