Reliance Jio Infocomm, the largest telecom service provider in India, is working with the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B). Together, they are developing an artificial intelligence (AI) project called “Bharat GPT,” a large language model tailored to India’s needs. Akash Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm also indicated the plans to launch an operating system (OS) for televisions.
Introducing AI within Jio sectors
Jio is looking to introduce AI at its enterprise and across sectors within the group. The firm will launch products and services in the media space, commerce, communications, and devices. It is expected that Bharat GPT will be developed as an AI for Jio telecom products, activated by voice command and gestures to minimize human research hours and simplify the experience of using Jio across all platforms. Ambani emphasized the impact of artificial intelligence stating that the next decade will be defined by applications utilizing large language models and generative AI. He highlighted the ongoing efforts to integrate AI not only as a vertical within the organization but also horizontally across all sectors.
Underscoring the importance of a comprehensive development ecosystem for Jio 2.0
Ambani emphasized the importance of building a robust development ecosystem and outlined the company’s commitment to realizing the vision of Jio 2.0. He shared his views about how AI is going to consume everything and that AI stands for artificial intelligence and also stands for all included. The Bharat GPT program, a collaboration with IIT Bombay since 2014, aims to harness generative AI, drawing inspiration from larger language models like ChatGPT. This initiative aligns with Jio’s broader strategy to explore the transformative potential of AI across various industries.
Plans for Television OS
In addition to the Bharat GPT program, Ambani unveiled Jio’s ambitious venture into television technology. He disclosed that the company has been diligently working on developing its own operating system (OS) for televisions. The company is looking to extend its product offerings beyond telecommunications. Ambani highlighted the comprehensive approach to launching this TV OS.
Future of AI in India
Anticipating the transformative impact of artificial intelligence, Ambani shared the company’s dedication to integrating AI vertically within the organization. Furthermore, he also expressed integrating AI horizontally across all sectors. As part of this commitment, Jio is poised to introduce innovative products and services. It will solidify its position as a technology leader in India. The timeline for the release of Bharat GPT has not been announced yet, but it is expected that the release date will be announced by Jio in the first few months of 2024. Ambani also dropped a hint about the launch of Jio 2.0 without elaborating any further.
Upcoming Plans for AI and 5G
Ambani expressed excitement about the imminent launch of 5G private networks. Jio plans to offer a 5G stack to enterprises of all sizes. Describing India as the “biggest innovation center’ for the next decade, Ambani conveyed confidence in the country reaching a USD 6 trillion economy by the end of the decade. Furthermore, he also encouraged young entrepreneurs not to fear failure. He is positioning Jio as the world’s largest startup. Moreover, he has urged them to contribute to societal well-being while remaining deeply passionate about their work.