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Reliance Jio to Buy RCom's Mobile Towers, Spectrum, and Other Wireless Infrastructure Assets

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Reliance Jio to Buy RCom's Mobile Towers, Spectrum, and Other Wireless Infrastructure Assets
Highlights
  • Reliance Jio made the announcement in a statement on Thursday
  • Jio is set to acquire wireless infrastructure assets from RCom
  • The strategic acquisition will help Jio roll out wireless, fibre services

Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, on Thursday announced signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of specified assets of Reliance Communications (RCom) and its affiliates.

Consequent to the agreement, Jio or its nominees will acquire assets under four categories - mobile towers, optic fibre cable network, spectrum and media convergence nodes - from RCom and its affiliates, the statement said.

"These assets are strategic in nature and are expected to contribute significantly to the large scale roll-out of wireless and fibre to home and enterprise services by RJIL," it said.

An asset monetisation process for RCom assets was mandated by the lenders of RCom, who appointed SBI Capital Markets Limited to run the process. The process is supervised by an independent group of industry experts. RJIL emerged as the successful bidder in the two-stage bidding process.

"The acquisition is subject to receipt of requisite approvals from governmental and regulatory authorities, consents from all lenders, release of all encumbrances on the said assets and other conditions precedent. The consideration is payable at completion and is subject to adjustments as specified in the agreement," the statement said.

RJIL is being advised by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Global Markets, JM Financial Private Limited, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co and Ernst & Young on this transaction.

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