“The country is in the middle of a major digital transformation, and organizations like Jio have played a big part in getting hundreds of millions of Indian people and small businesses online. With communities around the world in lockdown, many of these entrepreneurs need digital tools they can rely on to find and communicate with customers and grow their businesses.”
This is what Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, said in a post to his Facebook page on the occasion of the social media giant making its biggest single investment by putting $5.7 billion into Jio Platforms of India on Tuesday.
Adding later on that the move indicates its ‘commitment’ to India, as approximately more than 388 million people in India have been in a solid connection with the internet service over the past four years via Jio.
While numerous businesses have been harmed by the aftermath from the Covid-19 pandemic, huge technology companies are positioned to profit over the long haul as more people resort to their services while keeping indoors.
Facebook is thusly making preparations to move ahead with vital and strategic investments at a very ‘fragile’ time in the global economy.
David Fischer, Facebook’s chief revenue official, and Ajit Mohan, Facebook’s managing director in India, in a blog-entry by-lined by the former said that “One focus of our collaboration with Jio will be creating new ways for people and businesses to operate more effectively in the growing digital economy. For instance, by bringing together JioMart, Jio’s small business initiative, with the power of WhatsApp, we can enable people to connect with businesses, shop, and ultimately purchase products in a seamless mobile experience.”
With more than 400 million Indian citizens utilizing WhatsApp and more than 300 million people utilizing the company’s core social network, therefore Facebook sees a lot of chance with Jio.
Apart from this, last week India’s Economic Times revealed that Facebook and Reliance were intending to use WhatsApp and Jio administrations to make a WeChat-style “super-app” for India.
Tencent’s WeChat has enormous penetration in China, with in excess of a billion users and numerous independent businesses utilizing it for payments, promotion, and communication.
Yet, it is to be noticed this isn’t Facebook’s first swoop into the Indian market.
Quite a long while ago, it attempted to offer free internet connectivity to Indian users in a program called Free Basics. Yet, that initiative hit a lot of obstacles until it was ultimately banned in the nation by the telecom regulator TRAI, in 2016.
What’s more, is that the regulators concluded that businesses couldn’t offer free internet services that supported only a few companies over the others.
Facebook has been at a disagreement with the Indian government over WhatsApp for quite some time recently.
The government had demanded that WhatsApp change its encryption to trace messages back to their source, which WhatsApp refused to comply with. Simultaneously, regulators have over and over again thwarted WhatsApp’s request to offer a payments service to its Indian users.
Here are some of the reaction tweets by people on the Jio-Facebook collab.