RCom Successfully Completes Fibre Assets Sale to Reliance Jio for Rs 3,000 Crore

Reliance Communications (RCom), which announced its fibre assets sale to Reliance Jio last year today stated that it had completed the planned sale. The Anil Ambani-led company has sold the optical fibre assets worth Rs 3,000 crore to Reliance Jio. Last week, RCom announced the completion of media convergence nodes sale to Jio worth Rs 200 crore and today, it has announced the completion of fibre assets sale. RCom is now left with wireless spectrum and tower sale, which are expected to be finalised in the coming weeks. This announcement marks the wrapping-up of yet another portion of a larger deal inked between RCom and Reliance Jio in December last year, which involved the sale of wireless spectrum, tower, fibre and media convergence nodes.

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RCom and Reliance Jio Deal Progressing Very Well

In all, the mega-deal packed in 122.4 MHz of 4G spectrum in the 800/900/1800/2100 MHz bands, over 43,000 towers, 1,78,000 kilometres of fibre and 248 media convergence nodes for an estimated price tag of Rs 25,000 crore.

“Reliance Communications Limited today announced the completion of the sale of its fibre assets and related infrastructure assets, worth Rs 3,000 crore, to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIO),” Reliance Communications said in a BSE filing today, according to PTI.

RCom Will Now Look Forward to Selling Wireless Spectrum and Towers

With the conclusion of fibre monetisation deal, 1,78,000 kilometres fibre stand transferred to Jio, which is gearing up to offer ultra high-speed fixed line fibre broadband for homes and enterprises across 1,100 cities.

As mentioned, RCom had announced the completion of the sale of its media convergence nodes (MCNs) and related infrastructure assets, worth Rs 2,000 crore to Reliance Jio Infocomm. RCom is undergoing the debt resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC).

RCom Currently Aiming to Reduce the Debt

The debt-laden RCom had also announced that it would repay holders of USD 300 million bonds through a combination of cash and bonds of its overseas firm, as part of revised terms approved by the overseas bondholders.

The offer approved involves the bondholders receiving cash proceeds of up to USD 118 million, and USD 55 million bonds to be issued by Global Cloud Xchange Limited, a foreign subsidiary of RCom.

Reliance Communications has already reinstated bank guarantees worth Rs 774 crore with the telecom department ahead of the timeline set by the telecom tribunal, and has said that its Rs 25,000 crore asset sale plans are “on track”.

RCom also plans to seek shareholders’ approval to enhance the company’s borrowing limits to up to Rs 50,000 crore to meet its capital requirements.

The proposal for revising the borrowing limits will be taken up along with other proposals like alterations to the articles of association of the company, and private placement of non-convertible debentures or other debt securities at the company’s annual general meeting scheduled to be held on September 18, 2018.

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saket
August 28, 2018 12:56 pm 12:56 PM
Off topic, @esmail 5G Spectrum related “suggested that free bandwidth be assigned for trials for a fixed time frame ” This would be great option for Matching up 5G roll out along with Global Timeline. Govt can Give one block of sufficient units to all Player against some Deposit. And plan for auction after 1 year. Till then Govt can withhold deposit and If Operator willing to participate then bid and win in aution otherwise, Deduct amount of revenue share generated only from Commercial Opeation of 5G airwave and refund balance deposit and took back spectrum alloted. This will open… Read more »
Adil Wadia
August 28, 2018 4:06 am 4:06 AM

This is an eyewash. Jio was using the Fibre on lease before this and now buying outright. Situation has not changed for anyone. Only an accounting entry changed the debt situation for RCOM….

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
August 28, 2018 1:49 pm 1:49 PM

+1

After R Com spectrum sale to Jio,I see Jio coverage and speeds improving drastically. I hope Jio harnonises 10Mhz of band 5.

Thamilan daa
August 28, 2018 2:03 am 2:03 AM

No use.

Jio has not started operations in 800, 900 and 2100 MHz (that were bought from RGSM) in Tamilnadu till now.

Vishal Chennai
August 28, 2018 5:56 am 5:56 AM

They don’t have what you said for our TN except 3.75 MHz of 850 band

Thamilan daa
August 28, 2018 4:08 pm 4:08 PM

RGSM was operating in TN at 1800 MHz and the 800 MHz is from reliance CDMA which was operating at 800 MHz. Keep this in mind.

Vishal Chennai
August 28, 2018 8:24 pm 8:24 PM

Buying of Aircel spectrum in TN is the only way for jio @sudhakar

Vishal Chennai
August 28, 2018 8:23 pm 8:23 PM

That 1800 MHz is not harmonized so they returned back to DOT

Thamilan daa
August 29, 2018 8:04 am 8:04 AM

Talk about 800 MHz or else get out.

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