Reliance already has 11 centres on a cloud platform that help clients to store and process data. What was announced on Tuesday were cloud exchange nodes, also called Cloud X, in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, that help in optimal utilisation of resources of data centres.

At a press conference here today, Reliance Group officials said the company has large data centre facilities with a total capacity of over 600,000 square feet that are connected with fibre, also going beyond the Indian shores with submarine sub-sea cable infrastructure.

When clients subscribe to the cloud services of Reliance Communications -- that is to share the company's large storage capacity, processing capability and software applications -- the nodes help in routing such traffic to any of these data centres to optimise the resources.

Company officials said Reliance Communications also has grand plans to launch its cloud services in 120 locations in 24 months across the globe. The announcement comes against the backdrop of chairman Anil Ambani's statement at "Digital India Week" earlier this month during which he said the next-generation cloud delivery network will be fully commissioned by the end of this year.

Giving an example, he said: "These Cloud Xchange nodes can help government departments access 240 times the amount of compute power currently available in government data centers, and over six times the high-speed storage currently available in India."