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This article was published on July 2, 2020

India’s Reliance Jio launches Zoom rival with 100 participant limit

India’s Reliance Jio launches Zoom rival with 100 participant limit
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

India’s biggest carrier Reliance Jio has officially launched its Zoom rival — called JioMeet. The app is available across platforms, including the web, iOS, and Android, with support for 100 participants in one meeting.

The company had first announced the service on April 30, and now it has made JioMeet available for everyone. During its test period, more than 100,000 people had downloaded the app.

While JioMeet might have all the bells and whistles of a mainstream video conferencing app such as screen sharing scheduled meetings, there’s not much information available on its security and privacy aspects.

In April, India advised government employees not to use Zoom over privacy concerns. It also announced a project for local companies to build a secure video conferencing product for ₹1 crore ($130,000). This challenge resulted into Indian companies building indigenous solutions such as Say Namaste.

Apart from Zoom, JioMeet will also rival Facebook’s Messenger Rooms. Notably, in April, the social network invested $5.7 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms in exchange for a 9.9% stake.

You can download JioMeet for Android and iOS both.

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