In order to take on Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Skype Reliance Jio recently launched its video-conferencing app JioMeet in India. The video-calling app is now available for downloads via both Android and iOS platforms in the country. While on the other hand to compete with JioMeet another Telecom company is working on bringing its own unified video conferencing tool in India. Yes, soon Bharti Airtel will also be offering its own video conferencing app for start-ups and enterprises.
According to a report by Economic Times, the telco will be Initially offering this service to start-ups and enterprises and gradually will be expanding it to their customers after seeing the response. A source close to Airtel told the publisher, “We are close to launching several enterprise-grade products including a unified video conferencing tool very shortly. The video conferencing product will be more differentiated from existing offerings like Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Hangout.”
There are already big players in the market such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Hangouts that are gained a lot of popularity during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Sunil Mittal-led telecom operator has decided to enter into the growing virtual conferencing market after its rival Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has launched its video conferencing service, JioMeet.
Airtel’s video conferencing tool will be made available across mobile as well as desktops and will use the latest AES 256 encryption and multiple layers of authentication.
In the meanwhile, Niti Aayog chief executive officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant via its Twitter account has been seen endorsing JioMeet. His tweet reads, I fully support and appreciate JioMeet. This app is quality as well as a primarily domestic endeavour that needs our support and recognition. The Fifteenth Finance Commission is exploring the possibilities of organising further meetings and talks through Geomit App.” He further added that “Tried JioMeet video-conferencing. It’s easy & simple! Better than Zoom. Meetings are encrypted & password protected. Unlimited high-definition calls. All data in India. Emerges as a major technological disruption from India. Will go places in these challenging times.”
JioMeet is a free video-conferencing application that can be used for 1:1 video calls and hosting meetings with up to 100 participants with enterprise-grade host controls. In addition to this, the user is allowed to do unlimited meetings per day and each meeting can go uninterrupted up to 24 hours. All the meetings are password protected and the host can enable ‘Waiting Room’ to ensure no participant joins without permission. In addition to this if an individual is using JioMeet while driving, they can use ‘Safe Driving Mode’.
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