Reliance and Cisco Jasper Launch Internet of Things (IoT) Services Throughout India

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IoT Partnership Makes It Simple For All Companies To Deliver Connected Services, Paves The Way For Smart Cities

Mumbai and San Jose, 15 November 2016 -- Reliance Group, India's leading private sector business house, today announced a strategic partnership with Cisco Jasper for the launch of a new venture, UNLIMIT, solely dedicated to provide Internet of Things (IoT) services to enterprise customers throughout India. UNLIMIT is equipped with the diverse resources of the Reliance Group, the nimbleness of a start-up, high-profile partnerships, and an international management team, and will tap into into the growing potential of the IoT market in the country.

UNLIMIT customers will be able to take advantage of the UNLIMITControlCenter, which is based on the IoT connectivity management platform of Cisco Jasper, and includes Reliance’s powerful mobile network. With UNLIMIT, Reliance becomes the first telecommunications services provider in the country to set up a dedicated IoT business unit committed to helping its Corporate customers achieve their goals. The partnership with Cisco Jasper, which is the industry standard for managed connectivity that simplifies the delivery of IoT services, provides the new venture with a distinct range of service offerings with global delivery standards.

Announcing the launch of the new venture, Mr Juergen Hase, Chief Executive Officer of Unlimit, the IoT Business Unit of Reliance Group, said, “IoT is a critical enabler for India’s growth, and businesses throughout the country are already utilizing its huge potential to help deliver innovative new services to their customers, while reducing cost and increasing revenue. We are delighted to partner with Cisco Jasper, and this strategic partnership will strenghten the market position of UNLIMIT significantly.”

Enabling Smart Cities

In addition to enabling business transformation for companies throughout India, the new IoT service launched by Reliance and Cisco Jasper will also play a key role in making the Digital India project—a government program committed to building 100 Smart Cities to increase the quality of life for residents—a reality. Reliable connectivity and the ability to easily manage the multitude of connected services involved in smart cities are two key requirements to ensure the success of the Digital India initiative. The combination of Reliance’s powerful mobile networks and Cloud Services with the global Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform provides a full suite of solutions for smart city initiatives throughout India.

Making IoT Easy

IoT technology holds a lot of promise for businesses looking to deliver connected services, but many believe the deployment of IoT to be too complex. This partnership makes it simple for companies of any size and in any industry to transform their businesses by offering connected services that enhance their customers’ experiences while enabling new revenue models.

In addition to making it easy to launch IoT services in India, Cisco Jasper partners with 30+ mobile operator groups representing over 120 mobile networks worldwide, making it simple for businesses in India to expand their IoT services to new countries as needed. Likewise, companies using the Cisco Jasper platform outside of India can easily expand their connected services into India on Reliance’s network.

Committing to the Indian Market

Cisco is also expanding its commitment to India by actively hiring world-class IoT engineering talent in India to join the Cisco Jasper team in the Cisco Innovation Center, located in Bangalore. Cisco Jasper has been a leader in the IoT platform market for over a decade, and is seeking engineers who are committed to advancing the IoT technology that is connecting more devices and enabling more IoT services than any other platform in the world.

We are a company with deep roots in India, as both myself and one of my co-founders were born and raised here,” said Mr Jahangir Mohammed, GM of Cisco Jasper (and former co-founder and CEO of Jasper). “It is inspiring to see both the Government and enterprises throughout India invest in IoT to advance both the country and commerce, which is why we are making our own investment in this market. Reliance Group’s deep commitment to advancing IoT throughout the country makes them an ideal partner.”

About Reliance Group

Reliance Group is among India's top private sector business houses serving over 250 million customers across the telecommunications, power, financial services, infrastructure, media and entertainment and healthcare sectors. Founded by the late Shri Dhirubhai Ambani (1932-2002), the Reliance Group positively influences the lives of one in every 5 aspiring Indians across more than 25,000 cities and towns and 400,000 villages.

The Reliance Group strongly believes it has a pivotal role to play in shaping the destiny of our great nation. Through its various consumer-facing businesses, the Group provides a robust platform to every Indian to realize his/ her potential through its state-of-the-art products and services. The Group enjoys the unparalleled trust, faith and confidence of its customers, and is one of the largest employers in the country with a young, highly-trained and motivated workforce, with an average age of 35 years.

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