Reliance Jio, MTS, Orange, six other telcos form global alliance to exchange products, expand reach
Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm has joined forces with eight global telecom service providers– MTS, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM– to build a new Partnering Operator Alliance that will allow partner businesses to more efficiently and quickly bring innovative products and services to customers around the world.
With this collaboration, these telcos can reach a potential customer base of around one billion customers in more than 80 countries around the world.
“JIO is set to enable each Indian to live a digital life. To this end, we have built the globally largest greenfield 4G and fiber network, as well as a suite of digital services enabling entertainment, cloud, payment, and much more. We invite the best partners to work with us to co-create a Digital India,” Rainer Deutschmann, Chief Product & Innovation Officer of JIO, said in the joint statement.
The Alliance is an open network of ‘like-minded’ operators worldwide with complementary geographical footprints. It focuses on exchanging best practices on how to bring partner propositions to the market, on joint efforts in partner scouting and will also exchange knowledge about upcoming trends and services amongst the group.
The Alliance is covering all relevant product categories within an operator’s business, mobile as well as fixed, B2C as well as B2B. As of today, the Alliance has established relationships with 30 innovative partner businesses including AirBnB, Celltick, Disconnect, Idoomoo, Magisto, Mojio and Spotify.
The Alliance will be expanding to additional operators soon.
“We believe in the positive synergy that this alliance brings to the global market. The joint forces of industry leaders create additional value for our customers and give us a chance to provide the latest innovations, best services, products and client experience. We are proud to represent Russia and CIS countries in the alliance and we are sure that it is wise to face global market challenges in an alliance of reliable partners from all over the world,” said Vasyl Latsanych, Chief Marketing Officer of MTS Group.
Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom said that partnering becomes more and more important. “We as operators can provide partners with the best networks and easy distribution to customers. And the partners enable us to provide our customers with the best and most innovative products and services. This is a perfect win-win-situation for all. Therefore I’m very happy that we were able to build this powerful alliance,” he added.
David Gillarranz, VP Digital at Millicom said, “Millicom operates at the heart of the digital revolution, helping to transform the economic, business and social landscapes in emerging markets. We can do this best when we work together with others to provide a compelling digital ecosystem for customers and this is why we are excited to be part of this new partnering network.”
Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere, Senior Executive Innovation, Marketing and Technologies at Orange said, “Orange is already committed to enabling digital startups to accelerate their growth through its in-house initiatives and its partnerships with operators or large companies. We strongly believe that this alliance will contribute and enhance our collective ability to scale up innovators.”
Jesper Hedblom, Head of Commercial, TeliaSonera: “We’re always looking to expand the digital ecosystem and provide our customers with exciting new services. By teaming up with our great peers we’ll get the possibility to work with partners and access innovations that we otherwise might not have come across. I really look forward to work together and bring even more great services to our customers.”
Lucy Lombardi, Head of Innovation & Industry Relations of TIM: “This alliance is a unique arena where the most important operators can build upon their respective innovation experiences and solutions providing also an opportunity for operators to introduce their start-up ecosystems to an international footprint.”