The term web-scale has been with us just a few years. Mainly referring to managing a data center infrastructure with capabilities to scale in size, speed and agility, it has usually been associated with large cloud service firms such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix.   It has not been associated with communications service providers.   However, these very same service providers need such capability to address the challenges of digital transformation happening now across all industries and countries.

Enter Jio-Scale

India’s population is greater than 1.3 billion and increasing at a rate about one person every two seconds.  It’s purchasing power parity (PPP) ranks at 106th in the world according to the World Bank.  Such challenges create innovation opportunities for a forward-looking service provider.

Reliance Jio (Jio) embarked on a journey to enable the vision of Digital India. This vision included propelling India into a global leadership role. Jio transformed the Indian digital services space by creating an eco-system of network, devices, applications and content, service experience and affordable tariffs for everyone to live the Jio Digital Life.

Essential Partnering

Jio partnered with Cisco to build a first-of-its kind, 5G-ready network. It is the largest all-IP, multi-Terabit capacity network in India.  Jio enables massification of infrastructure services such as broadband connectivity, mobile video, and high quality communications, thereby digitizing industry verticals, such as education, healthcare, security, financial, and government services.

The Jio all-IP digital platform is a result of co-innovation in product and services between the two companies. It is built on Cisco’s Open Network Architecture and Cloud Scale Networking technologies.  These feature IP/MPLS and span Data Center, Wi-Fi, Security and Contact Center solutions.

Jio-Scale by the Numbers

Jio has on-boarded 100 Million 4G subscribers in a record span of 170 days! This is about 7 subscribers per second! This has set a new bar for the industry worldwide that underscores the company’s scale, efficiency, and speed.

Within the same timeframe, Jio’s network traffic has surpassed US mobile Internet traffic volume. It is ten times the Internet capacity of the world’s largest providers.  Jio has driven India’s monthly user data consumption to increase 40 times since service launch.  It is now the highest data consumption per subscriber in the world.

Jio is delivering broadband services at the lowest cost per GB globally.

Free Voice Calls

Built on this all-IP network, Jio has revolutionized the Indian mobile communications landscape. Jio offers voice calls to Jio customers absolutely free, across all of India, to any network, any time, for life.

Find out More

Hear it straight from Jio’s President, Mathew Oommen, in this video interview – Working with Reliance Jio to Digitize India.

I also interviewed Jio’s Tareq Amin, Senior Vice President, technology Development and Automation in this video – Building the World’s Largest All-IP Network.

You can also learn more in this case study and press release.

How will you achieve Jio-Scale?




Sanjeev Mervana

Vice President of Product Management

Emerging Technologies & Incubation