Monday, June 14, 2010

Reliance Industries buys 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs 4,800 cr

Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries has bought 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs 4,800 crore. Infotel Broadband will now be a subsidary of Reliance Industries. Shares of RIL have been buzzing of late on rumours of foray in the telecom sector.

Unlisted Infotel Broadband Services is the only firm to win broadband spectrum in all 22 zones in India in an auction that ended on Friday. The firm is paying Rs 12,848 crore ($2.7 billion) for the spectrum, the government said. Announcement of the deal came within hours of Infotel emerging as the sole winner of broadband spectrum for the entire country. Reliance would pay this fee, a source direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.

This marks Mukesh Ambani group's entry into telecom sector in less than a month of he and his younger brother Anil reaching a truce by ending all the no-compete agreements to enable each other an opportunity to enter and invest in areas hitherto barred under the family settlement reached in 2005 for division of Reliance empire.

RIL will invest Rs 4,800 crore by way of subscription to fresh equity capital at par to be issued by Infotel Broadband, the company said in a statement.

The share prices of both HFCL (promoted by Mahendra Nahata) and HFCL Infotel (promoted by son Anant Nahata) today rose by the maximum limit and closed at Rs 11.39 and Rs 10.14 a share respectively. RIL's shares also surged over three per cent to close at Rs 1,046.25 a share.


  1. The foray in BB services, is expected to add more than 100 million subscribers in the next 3-5 years against the current number of 8mn.

    I guess, it is the right time to invest in Mukesh Ambani’s RIL, India’s largest listed firm...

    Isko kahtey hain-- Sau Sonar ki aur Ek Lohar ki !!

  2. Yes,
    Even now he is trying to enter in Mega power project, Financial services, Pharma sector.