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Reliance mulls bid for British telco BT Group: Report

Reliance mulls bid for British telco BT Group: Report

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance might make an unsolicited offer to buy into BT Group or try to get a controlling share in it

In September, Reliance was outbid by a consortium of Apax and Warburg Pincus for control over a Dutch unit of T-Mobile. In September, Reliance was outbid by a consortium of Apax and Warburg Pincus for control over a Dutch unit of T-Mobile.

Indian oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd is considering an offer for British telecom company BT Group Plc, the Economic Times reported on Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance might make an unsolicited offer to buy into BT Group or try to get a controlling share in it, the report said, adding that the firm may also propose to partner with BT's fibre optic arm Openreach and fund its expansion plans.

Reliance declined to comment on the report, while BT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

India's telecoms market, one of the world's biggest, has been upended by Ambani-controlled Jio Infocomm, which launched with free voice and cut-price data in late 2016.

Ambani has forced several rivals out of the market while others such as the local unit of Britain's Vodafone and India's Idea merged to withstand Jio's onslaught.

In September, Reliance was outbid by a consortium of Apax and Warburg Pincus for control over a Dutch unit of T-Mobile.

The ET report also said the deliberations were in the early stages and there might not be a transaction.

The report comes after Reuters reported last week that Reliance and Saudi Aramco have called off a deal for the state oil giant to buy a stake in the oil-to-chemicals business of Reliance due to valuation concerns.

Published on: Nov 29, 2021, 10:55 AM IST
Posted by: Mehak Agarwal, Nov 29, 2021, 10:51 AM IST