The Board of Directors of Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) on July 1, 2010, approved a proposal to acquire Digicable, India’s leading cable TV service provider, in an all-stock deal of the new entity, subjective to approvals.
The new entity, named Reliance DigiCom, is an integration of RCom’s DTH, IPTV and retail broadband operations with Digicable. This is will be India’s and Asia’s largest and the world’s fifth largest company to offer the full suite of triple play services – digital, ultra high-speed broadband and voice.
Reliance DigiCom will offer over 500 digital quality and 100 HD channels on 3D ready platform and ultra high-speed broadband access up to 100 MBPS speeds. The new entity will start with a combined subscriber base of 11 million homes and have a distribution reach spanning 1 lakh retail outlets in 7,000 towns and 10,000 local cable operators.
Commenting on the acquisition in a company release issued, Anil D Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Communications, said, “Reliance Communications led the telecom revolution in India by growing its subscriber base to over 100 million customers in a short span of just five years. The digital TV and broadband space is poised for similar explosive growth in the years ahead. With this game changing move, we hope to lead the next revolution in digital home entertainment in India by offering a world class TV experience and ultra high-speed broadband capability to a billion people.”
He further said, “Reliance DigiCom will fuel our four-screen strategy to own mobile, cinema, TV and computer screens that are rapidly becoming an integral part of our customers’ daily lives, leading to world-class convergence of information, communication and entertainment solutions and services.”