Reliance Jio to Spin Off Fibre and Tower Assets to Separate Entities

Telecom operator Reliance Jio Infocomm Tuesday said its board has approved schemes to spin off the company’s fibre and tower assets to separate entities. “The board of directors of the company, at its meeting held today, accorded its approval to a scheme of arrangement for transfer of its fibre undertaking, on a going concern basis, to a separate company,” Jio said in a regulatory filing on ‘restructuring/reorganisation proposals’. The board also cleared a similar proposal pertaining to transfer of its tower infrastructure “on a going concern basis, to a separate company”, it added.

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The schemes are subject to statutory and regulatory approvals, it added but did not provide details. Jio has 2.20 lakh towers and nearly three lakh kilometres of optical fibre assets — all of which are leveraged for captive use so far. The latest move would give the company the leeway to lease out the infrastructure in the fast-growing telecom market, sources said.

Reliance Industries’ telecom arm — seen as the most aggressive telecom player in the market — had reported a standalone net profit of Rs 681 crore for the September 2018 quarter, against a net loss of Rs 271 crore in the year-ago period.

On a quarterly basis, its profit grew around 11% from Rs 612 crore in the April-June period.

Having amassed 252 million mobile subscribers, the company is now looking to foray into optical fibre-based broadband services in the country and accordingly announced Rs 5,230 crore majority stake acquisition plan in two fixed-line broadband firms — Den Networks and Hathway Cable. The purchase is expected to galvanise Reliance Jio’s broadband services, Jio GigaFiber.

The company announced it would acquire 66% stake in Den Networks for Rs 2,290 crore and 51.3% stake in Hathway Cable for Rs 2,940 crore.

Also last year, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications had signed a pact with Reliance Jio for sale of wireless spectrum, tower, fibre and other assets. The deal announced in December 2017 and now awaiting Telecom Department’s clearance, 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. Right now, RCom is fighting with the Department of Telecom to complete the spectrum sale at the earliest.

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Shinoj
December 12, 2018 12:48 pm 12:48 PM

this is the signals of loss ,
next step is infrastructure shareing for making money

Mani Mahesh Dhiman
December 12, 2018 8:59 pm 8:59 PM

They already in loss of 2400cr they are fabricated their profits

SACHIN
December 12, 2018 11:42 am 11:42 AM

there tower are uselesss… no speed

tri_vis
December 12, 2018 6:28 pm 6:28 PM

This kind of repeated comments leads to assumption that , it’s coming from agent

Chetan | Bengaluru
December 12, 2018 9:55 am 9:55 AM
ATTENTION KARNATAKA MOBILE USERS:::: with operator consolidation in industry and entire load pilling on Jio and Airtel in karnataka. As per new report , Vodafone users are experiencing worst network issues in Karnataka due to no site addition for longest period of time and infact rationalising site and people are shifting to Airtel and Jio …brace your self for worst network experience till eternity if you are not on Jio. In another report, Due to new ROW policy of KARNATAKA govt it is almost impossible to install new towers… Towers fees has been increased by huge amounts, govt building have… Read more »
Shinoj
December 12, 2018 8:00 pm 8:00 PM

please dont blame telecos,1 )Karnataka is A catogery circle 2)all operators expanding networks in karnataka 3)airtel and vodafoneidea refarming spectrum for good volte covarage

Riju
December 12, 2018 4:22 pm 4:22 PM

Bro, I am using Vodafone Karnataka for last 5 years. I am not facing any issues here. Also i saw a new tower addition in Hongasandra( Bangalore) area by Airtel. Please don’t spread any fake news.

Kaushik IMA
December 14, 2018 8:26 am 8:26 AM

What to say, things are bad all over India for certain users if there is poor signal inside their homes. 😛

You can expect long winded answers from the concerned fanboys too, some may threaten to beat you up or teach you a lesson like secondary school kids. LoL!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 15, 2018 1:45 am 1:45 AM

Lol

Abhishek UPE
December 12, 2018 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

Chetan is a Jio agent

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