Mukesh Ambani’s RIL to ink deal with UTV – Walt Disney

MUMBAI: Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is all set to strike a new deal with Walt Disney – India in an effort to acquire content for its upcoming telecom operations. The deal will be sealed between Reliance Industries and UTV Software, a subsidiary of UTV in which Walt Disney holds 50.44 per cent stake.

Reliance Industries has switched gears to expand its scope and scale to commercial and wide-spaced services, such as retail, financial services and more significantly telecom and broadband services. After acquiring Infotel Broadband services, the only firm to secure nationwide wireless broadband radio airwaves (in 22 circles) in an auction conducted for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Spectrum conducted by the DoT, RIL plans to roll out top-of-the-line telecom services in India.

The company plans to build a data-focused business, which will provide mobile, smartphone, tablet and computer users access to the internet related services via a wireless broadband network. Through this latest deal, RIL stands to gain access to games, entertainment and children’s content for its telecom operations, especially for its 4G platform. The deal with UTV, soon to be acquired fully by Walt Disney, will help RIL propel its plans of rolling out data-focused business sooner than anticipated.

Reliance, in a season of new acquisitions and deals, has laid out plans to incorporate one more partner in its endeavor to establish holistic partnerships with leading business players. After a successful innings, which saw Reliance ink deals with global majors – including London based energy giant BP PLc, followed by an equally prolific deal with hedge fund institution DE Shaw, and acquisition of assets in shale gas sector, mineral sector and others, RIL will be seen broadening the scope of its gradually developing telecom unit.

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