Anil Ambani is joining hands with Bill Gates. Ambani's Reliance Communications is understood to have tied up with Microsoft, world’s largest software firm, for several technological collaborations, including software for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), WiMAX and a software development toolkit for the Internet, the personal computer and mobile phones.
Reliance Communications would roll out IPTV by the end of this year, sources close to the development said, adding that Microsoft would provide the technological back up for the venture.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Redmond-based software giant, would be in India on November 5 and both the companies are learnt to be finalising the blueprint for the collaboration.
Ballmer wants to evangelise about Silverlight 1.0, a software development toolkit for the Internet, PC and mobile phones, which the company claims is the answer to Java, among the fastest growing and widely used programming languages. The Mocrosft chief executive also plans to initiate collaboration between coders and content providers like websites and telecom companies during his visit. When contacted, a Reliance Communication spokesperson declined to comment over the issue.
Silverlight, the company says can offer users an experience that would make sharing of videos, or running streaming videos similar to the kind of experience that TV broadcast offers on all mediums.
Reliance Communication Chairman Anil Ambani had told an analyst conference call on Thursday that the company’s IPTV roll out will happen in two months and R-Com had already finalised the necessary technological back up for the venture. “We will launch IPTV launch in Mumbai and Delhi by year end,” Ambani said.
In 2003, RComm announced that Microsoft would develop a solution for its IPTV services, using the existing Reliance fibre network.
IPTV is a technology which enables you to watch television on computers and mobile phones. Earlier this year, state-owned MTNL had already launched IPTV services in Delhi and Mumbai, while other operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL, are in the process of rolling out the IPTV services.