Geo tycoon billionaire Mukesh Ambani is part of Reliance Industries, the oil retailer.
“It’s a broad partnership, and several parts of the alphabet are working together,” Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian told Reuters in an interview with Reuters ahead of Reliance’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.
“Our own partnership extends not only to the communications business … but also to health, retail and many more. And it helps our technology reach our Indian consumers and many businesses that are run by Reliance.”
Kurien said Google is working with other telcos on 5G around the world, but the scale of the Geo-Google cloud partnership is the largest for the California-based company.
He declined to share the terms of the cloud deal with Jio.
Geo signed a 10-year partnership with Microsoft in 2019 aimed at building data centers across India. It will be hosted in the Azure cloud to serve the country’s emerging start-up economy.
Geo stunned the Indian telecom market in 2016 when it launched with cut-price data plans and free voice services. It has beaten many competitors outside the market and is now the largest mobile carrier in India with over 422 million subscribers.
Google invested 5 4.5 billion (approximately Rs 33,370 crore) on Geo’s parent Geo platforms last year. It was a move that landed a rare board seat with US technology giant Facebook, which has plunged. 8 billion (approximately Rs 42,270 crore) into digital entities.
Ambani had earlier said that Geo, which would also count Qualcomm and Intel among its supporters, would be the “pioneers of the 5G revolution” in India in 2021.