Reliance Communications and Sistema held talks to form joint venture in India, no sales planned

Putting an end to the rumor that Reliance Communications is in talks with Sistema to buy its Indian wireless business, Sistema Chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov revealed that the talks held were about the possibility of forming a joint venture in India.

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He said there are no plans to sell Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which is one of the smallest telecom players in India with less than one percent market share and nine million customers. “We have been talking to different people regarding business expansion. Honestly, there is nothing much to say,” Yevtushenkov said.

Along with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam offers CDMA services in the country. The company scaled back its operations in 2013 when it had to buy new telecom permits, after the earlier permits were cancelled due to licensing scandal.

Reliance Communications is the market’s fourth biggest mobile phone carrier by customers, but it has strong competitions from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Reliance currently possess $6 billion debt and the plans to cut the debt by selling assets did not made the desired results.

India is the world’s second-largest cellular market after China, with 970 million mobile phone accounts. However, the market is highly competitive with over 10 players.

Source : Business Standard

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Viranch Damani
May 16, 2015 11:31 pm 11:31 PM

Frankly speaking I no longer believe in any M&A news
First there was a news of Aircel-Tata-MTS having a three way merger
Second a news of Jio acquiring Videocon
Third news of Jio acquiring Reliance
Foruth news of Uninor acquiring Tata
Fifth a news of Jio acquiring Tata
There even rumors of Idea buying Tata
None of these have turned out true as of yet.
Its best to wait N watch.