Technology Reliance Jio’s hand at video-conferencing: Jio Meet app coming soon May 1, 2020May 1, 2020 Himanshi Lohchab, ET Bureau Reliance Jio Thursday said that it is “just a few days away” from launching its video conferencing-cum-collaborative app called Jio Meet to capitalize on the surging demand for such use-cases. “Jio Meet is a platform which has many uniqueness- it actually has an ability to work on any device, any operating system, and it has an ability to do a complete collaboration,” Pankaj Pawar, senior VP, Reliance Jio Infocomm, told reporters after the company’s parent, Reliance Industries declared its fiscal fourth quarter results on Thursday. “And effectively, this collaboration does not limit to a typical video conferencing app,” he added. Jio’s eHealth platform integrated with the Meets app will allow users to consult doctors virtually, get prescriptions, order medicines and lab tests online, and enable digital waiting rooms for doctors. The eEducation platform will create virtual classroom for students and teachers, record sessions and notes, assign and submit homework, organize time-bound tests and offer multimedia content for students to self-learn. There has been a sudden upsurge in demand for collaborative tools to support work-from-home and other needs during the COVID-19 lockdown. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, during an investor call yesterday, said that its video-conferencing app Teams’ usage has increased to more than 75 million daily active users. Microsoft saw 200 million meeting participants in a single day this month whereas easy-to-use Zoom meetings app claims it noted 300 million meeting participants earlier this month. Facebook, which had said last week that it will invest $5.7 billion for 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms, also launched Messenger Rooms this month allowing 50 people to video call without any time limit. “Between WhatsApp and Messenger, more than 700 million accounts participate in calls every day,” Facebook said. Meanwhile, Jio said that it is looking at the opportunity from a different perspective to offer consumers with a range of use-cases, while security and simplicity being the priority. “We are just a few days away from offering this to all the Indians so that they will be able to leverage this in the most secure environment and at the same time in a ‘grandma easy’ kind of platform, so that anybody and everybody is able to use this,” Pawar said. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco posted a profit of Rs 2,331 crore (up 177% on-year) for the January-March period. Jio’s total subscriber base stood at 387.5 million. Monthly average data usage per user has gone up to 11.3 GB from 11.1 GB in the previous quarter while voice consumption per user increased to 771 minutes per month from 760 minutes per month in the preceding quarter.