Is Reliance jio about to create monopoly in telecom industry ?

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Several years ago, India had one of the world’s most competitive telecom markets, with numerous players vying for business. Now, there is a serious risk of monopoly. when reliance jio enter in the telecom business in 2016 , with in short period of time jio about to create monopoly in INDIAN telecom industery , with the more than 398.3 million subscribers , as of june 30th 2020 , it was reported that jio is the fastest growing telecom company .

The Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries is using its newly minted telecom monopoly to expand into other sectors of the Indian economy in partnership with multinational companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Its 5G claims are a signal that it is now a part of the US-led global alliance against China’s tech companies. 

The combined market cap of the Reliance oil and telecom empire is US$189 billion, making it the only Indian company in the top 50 global list and 10th in Asia. In four years, Reliance Jio used its parent’s oil and gas revenues to power its way into telecom and become the leading Indian player. It bled the others with its initial low, predatory pricing rates, until  they surrendered, accepting Jio as the undisputed market leader. 

Since Jio’s arrival, India’s competition authorities have waved through a succession of takeovers and mergers that would have set off alarms in just about any other democratic country. Consolidation usually means the disappearance of perhaps two or three players. India’s list of casualties is long enough to pin to an industry memorial. They include names such as Aircel, MTS, Reliance Communications, Telenor . Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, two former titans, have merged.

No doubt, India was ripe for change. When Jio rocked up, it looked grossly inefficient and had fallen behind other parts of the world on the rollout of high-speed mobile data networks. The catalyst provided by a new operator, taking advantage of the latest technologies, was welcome.

jio Investors

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in this image it is clearley shown all the investor of the jio and ammount of stake in jio .

In the latest development, India has been forced to postpone a 5G spectrum auction that was supposed to happen this April. Neither Bharti Airtel nor Vodafone Idea is in a position to buy new spectrum licenses at the high prices the government wants to charge. Only Jio could realistically afford those rates. only because of using the money of Rel. oil and a huge amount of FDI , in last 3 month jio raised 115693.95 crore from leading global investors including Facebook, Silver Lake , General Atlantic, KKR , mubadala, ADIA, Vista equity partners TPG and Catterton .

India desperately needs a U-turn. It is reportedly preparing a rescue package for stressed telecom companies and could offer relief to companies that owe licensing fees. But it will have to go far to persuade the international community it upholds fair play. Otherwise, India’s smartphone addicts may eventually find Jio is their only option.

jio competitor

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India’s telecom industry has made massive strides in the last few year with the roll- out of national 4g and increasing subscriber base , with the more than 100s million users, India is a hotspot for companies , still this industry barely has 4 players left, ( vodaphon, idea, Airtel, BSNL, mtnl ) jio can afford discount rates because of its cash rich parent Reliance . but the same ist’s true for others , the current avereage rate for 1GB of 4G data in India is $0.26 while it cost $12.37 in US, $6.66 in UK , and global average of $8..53 , last year when 2 largest subscriber base( more than 400 million ) compnay come together to fight with jio that is Vodaphon and Idea , but dose’t work and by the time both companies lost alot of subscribers (combined loss 120 million ) and their invester lost 50% of money , on the other hand Airtel shifted its focus and want to improve its ARPU (Average revenue per user, sometimes known as average revenue per unit, is a measure used primarily by consumer communications, digital media, and networking companies, defined as the total revenue divided by the number of subscribers.) instead of adding subscribers , according to OpenSignal, Airtel lead the Chart with the an average download speed of 8.7 Mbps, followed by jio at 6.3 Mbps . vodafone and idea werw 5.9 and 5.4 respectively .

jio comparison with Airtel (with the title of 2nd most suscriber )according to market CAP, market share , subscriber, and revenue .

by – Deshdeepak yadav

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google , news web site , newspaper, TRAI website .

Vista Equity Partners to invest $1.5B in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

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A U.S. base private equity farm Vista Equity Partner is agree to invest in jio ltd., vista agree to buy  2.32% stake in jio for some of ₹ 11,367 crore rupees for 2.32% stake in jio platform  ltd., this agrement  will lead to new high of jio ltd.,  In its third transaction in less than three weeks, the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) has struck a deal with US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for another stake sale in Jio Platforms. 3 week ago world largest investment made by Facebook in jio for 9.99% stake in jio platform ltd., On April 22 social one of largest social media platform Facebook buy 9.99% stake in jio for ₹ 43,574 crore rupees . and early this week silver lake agree to invest in jio Platfrom ₹ 5,655.75 crore rupees , for 12.5% stake in jio .

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. which provides connectivity platform to more than 388 million   subscribers, will continue to remain a wholly owned subsidiary of jio platform .

Commenting on the transaction,Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, said, “Like our other partners, Vista also shares with us the same vision of continuing to grow  and transform the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indian . we are exited to leverage the profession expertise and multi – level support that Vista has been offering to its investment globally for benefit for Jio ltd.”
Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO, Vista, said,  “We believe in the potential of the digital society that Jio is building for India. We are thrilled to join Jio Platforms to deliver exponential growth in connectivity across India, providing modern consumer, small  business and enterprise software to fuel the future of one of the world’s fastest growing digital economies. ”
Transaction values the Reliance Industries’ arm at ₹ 4.91 lakh crore after the vista agree to Invest in jio ltd. , this make jio ltd at a new high. valuing the company at ₹ 9.9 lakh crore in the  market.

Vista Equity Partners

Vista is an American private equity and venture  capital firm focused on financing and forwarding software and technology-enabled startup businesses, as well as passive equity investments.

The firm was founded in 2000 by American businessman and investor Robert F. Smith and Brian Sheth. Vista Equity has offices in Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and San Fraxncisco, Calofornia . In 2018, Vista had over US$43 billion in cumulative capital commitments and owned over 50 software companies which combined, employed 65,000 people worldwide.In 2016, Vista operated with approximately $10 billion in their VI fund.

Vista has more than $57 billion in cumulative capital commitments and  it’s global network of companies collectively represent the fifth largest enterprise software company in the  world.  With 20 years of investing experience exclusively in enterprise software, Vista believes the transformative power of technology is the key to an even better future — a healthier planet, a smarter economy, a diverse and inclusive community, and a broader path to prosperity. Currently, Vista portfolio companies have a significant presence in India with over 13,000 employees.