NEW DELHI: Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are set to become the bedrocks of communications infrastructure, with both having the potential to grow manifold in the coming years, Akash Ambani, director at Reliance Jio Infocomm, said on Friday.
“India’s public cloud market is estimated to be $2.6 billion in 2018, and over $4 billion by 2020,” Ambani said at the India Digital Open Summit in Mumbai. Research firm Gartner Inc had estimated the public cloud services market in India at $1.81 billion in 2017.
Public cloud uses cloud computing technologies to support customers that are external to the provider’s organisation. Using public cloud services generates the types of economies of scale and sharing of resources that can reduce costs and increase choices of technologies, Gartner said.
Ambani said open source was very important for Jio, which is participating in many projects including ONAP. The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) is an open source networking automation standard.
Stating that the Open Source community helps drive the technology progression for areas of interest globally, Ambani said AI is becoming mainstream for all.
AI projects have leveraged Open Source to enable continuous innovation, he said, adding that along with broadband, one of the key technology enabling infrastructures is Cloud.
Last year was the tipping point globally for augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/ VR). “In India, AR/VR is still in the initial stages of adoption, but market will register a compounded annual growth rate of more than 50% in the next five years,” said Ambani.
He said OpenStack – the world’s largest fully open source cloud project – is being used for more and more projects/enterprises, powering over 60 data centres public and private clouds around the world, including Reliance Jio.
“Every day, when people use a LYF device, JioPhone or Jio application — their lives are enriched through the technologies enabled with open source,” junior Ambani said, adding that 2017 was the year of blockchain and digital currency.