The Race To Build An Indian Social Network

Over the past three months, home-grown variants of short-video social networking apps have cruised through some unusual times. Border tensions and #BoycottChina campaigns had already resulted in a steady uptick in their user base. And then came the ban on 59…

Engagement, User Experience Critical For Homegrown Apps To Succeed

The ban on 59 apps with Chinese links has opened up opportunities for homegrown players to accelerate growth but they will have to ensure good user experience and engagement on their platforms to be successful, according to industry analysts.  …

Ban On ‘Made-in-China’ Apps Gives India’s TikTok Rivals A Boost

India's decision to ban 59 'made-in-China' apps is proving a blessing to local software developers, especially alternatives to video-sharing social networking service TikTok, which until the ban had 200 million users in the country.   Some experts, however, see challenges…

Google-Reliance Partnership Heats Up Indian eCommerce Race

TOKYO -- Google's surprise decision announced on July 15 to invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms, the digital business arm of India's biggest family-owned conglomerate Reliance Industries, has so far not been accompanied by any announcement on Google's role in Reliance's…

Reliance Likely To Acquire TikTok In India For $5 billion

India's most valuable company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is reportedly the latest bidder for the Bytedance-owned TikTok in India. The Mukesh Ambani-led firm had begun talks last month with the Chinese firm to acquire its operations in India. The deal…

Does Acquiring TikTok In India Make Sense For RIL?

Reliance Industries Ltd could gain a deeper connection with consumers by acquiring TikTok in India, but its existing strategic partnership with Facebook — which owns Instagram — could put the deal under the scrutiny of the Competition Commission of India,…

Is Reliance Jio Shaping the Future of Digital India?

India’s struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the deal making spree at Reliance Industries. As the country slows down, Mukesh Ambani’s conglomerate by sales and market capitalization has only seemed to speed up. In fact, some critics point out that Reliance…

What Next For Cash-Rich Jio?

Raising $15 billion through 11 deals over three-months in a normal environment is impressive for any company. But, doing it during a global pandemic when stock markets are fluctuating, confidence in investing is low and the effects of said pandemic…

Reliance-Owned Jio Platforms To Beef Up Its Capabilities With Qualcomm’s Investment

Jio Platforms, the digital arm of India’s largest conglomerate Reliance Industries, which has raised USD 15.7 billion in the last 12 weeks from 11 high-profile investors, has got American chipset maker Qualcomm as its newest backer. According to Sanchit Vir…

Jio Ready With 5G Solution, Ropes In Google For Affordable Smartphone

Mukesh Ambani unveiled his blueprint to build a complete technology ecosystem around Jio Platforms that includes developing India’s first 5G network solutions and affordable 4G smartphones in partnership with global giants such as Facebook, Qualcomm, Intel and Google. "The decision…

Google To Invest Rs 33,737 Crore For 7.73% Stake In Jio Platforms

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Google and development of in-house 5G solutions, in a bid to win over new customers and create a platform for future growth. "The decision by Google to invest in Jio is a…

For Home Grown 5G, RJio Bets On Free Platform Open RAN

Mukesh Ambani’s plans to build home-grown 5G network solution is based on an open source telecom platform called Open RAN. This network platform, similar to how open source software became a game changer in the 1990s, attempts to build telecom…

From Jio Glass To 5G Network, Reliance’s New Announcements Hint At Its Ambition To Dominate Everything Digital

When Mukesh Ambani—the world’s sixth-richest person—and chairman and managing director of India’s largest conglomerate, Reliance, made a slew of big announcements during the company’s 43rd annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, his message was clear: Reliance would dominate everything digital, including 5G, smartphones,…

Mukesh Ambani Gave Google And Facebook A Discount On Reliance Jio Stake ⁠— Here’s Why

During the Reliance Annual General Meeting, Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced that Google has invested ₹33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for a 7.7% stake. Google became the second largest investor in Jio after Facebook which has a 9.9% stake in the…

Google Invests In India’s Red-Hot Jio Platforms To Build Cheap Cellphones

On Wednesday, Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani announced that Google will invest $4.5 billion to take a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms, the telecoms and digital arm of Ambani’s vast Reliance conglomerate. "This is a marriage of equals and hence of massive possibilities,"…

Qualcomm Brings DeepTech, Device, And Startup Prowess To Jio

On July 12, 2020, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced Qualcomm Ventures decision to invest INR 730 Crore for 0.15% equity stake in Jio Platforms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIL. Qualcomm Ventures has invested at an Equity Value of Rs 4.91…

Intel Capital invests USD 254 million in Reliance’s Jio Platforms

Reliance Industries, India’s largest company in terms of market capitalization, on Friday, said Intel Capital has invested USD 253.6 million in its digital arm Jio Platforms for a stake of 0.39%. This essentially means the investment arm of the American…

Intel Will Help Jio Platforms Expedite On Its “Compute To Cloud” Vision

On July 03, 2020, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced Intel Capital's decision to invest INR 1,894.50 Crore for 0.39% equity stake in Jio Platforms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIL. Intel Capital has invested at an Equity Value of Rs 4.91…

How Tech & Telecom Majors Joining Hands Will Change Content Delivery

The partnership between Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Facebook as well as the reported interest of Google in Vodafone-Idea and Amazon starting early investment talks with Bharti Airtel (although both telecom companies denied the reports), are developments poised to blur…

11 Deals For $15 Billion In 10 Weeks: Why India’s Jio Platforms Is On An Investment Spree

Jio Platforms is on a tear. The telecoms and digital arm of the Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has raised $15.2 billion in 11 deals over two months amid a worldwide pandemic.   “RIL seems to have mastered [dealmaking] better than…

Analysts Tout Benefits Of Possible US IPO For India’s Jio Amid Investment Boom

With everyone clamoring to own a piece of Jio Platforms Ltd., owner of India's largest mobile operator, Jio's parent company may be eyeing an overseas listing. In the next one-to-two years leading up to the IPO, Jio will significantly ramp…

What’s Next In The Jio-Vodafone-Bharti Airtel Rivalry?

India’s top telecom companies—Jio Platforms, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and the state-run BSNL—are in the midst of a phase they have not seen in years. A series of investments flowing into the leading player Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) Jio Platforms…

What Value Does Each Investor Bring To Jio Platforms?

Reliance Industries Limited has played many a masterstroke in the past 2 months. The company has managed to attract 10 strategic investments (from a total of 9 investors) and has raised US 14 Bn by divesting 22.38% in Jio Platforms.…

Making Sense of Reliance-Owned Jio Platforms’ Fundraising Spree

Jio Platforms has raised a whopping USD 13.7 billion from global investors in less than eight weeks, a feat probably no other seven-month-old company has ever achieved anywhere in the world.   Experts believe that it is Jio Platforms’ ability…

In India, a Facebook-led investment spree for Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Platforms

Jio Platforms has only been around in its current form since November, yet the digital arm of oil-to-retail giant Reliance Industries – whose chairman Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man – has attracted almost US$13.5 billion in investment in the past eight weeks…

What Are The Challenges Ahead For Jio Platforms?

A lot has been written about Jio Platforms and how RIL has created history by attracting investments worth INR 1 Trillion in less than 2 months. While RIL has been hugely successful so far with Jio, a large part of…

Slew Of Investments Make Early Jio IPO Likelier

India's wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, may be successful in listing his four-year-old tech commerce-telecom venture, Jio in foreign exchanges, all thanks to $12.5 billion (Rs 92,202 crore) funding raised in just over one and a half months.   “The second…

US Listing And A $100 Billion Valuation For Reliance Jio Likely?

India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani may soon be successful in listing his four-year-old telecom venture Jio in foreign exchanges thanks to the $12.5 billion (Rs 92,202 crore) funding the company has raised in a little over one and a half…

Why Investors Are In Love With Jio

In the past five weeks, amid global economic turmoil, some of the world's largest investors have poured a combined $10 billion into Jio Platforms, an Indian tech company poorly understood outside the country. But why — and why now? Sanchit…

Ambani Reshapes Reliance For Digital India With Jio Deals

TOKYO -- India's struggle against the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped a dealmaking whirlwind at Reliance Industries. As the country has slowed down, its biggest corporation by sales and market capitalization has only seemed to speed up. Since Facebook said…