Reliance acquires Radisys for 5G and IoT

Radisys' focus on virtualised software-based telco solutions will improve Reliance Jio's 'leadership' across 5G and IoT, the companies have said.
Written by Corinne Reichert, Contributor

Indian giant Reliance has announced that it will be boosting its telecommunications carrier arm Jio's 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities thanks to the acquisition of US telco solutions company Radisys.

Reliance will acquire the Hillsboro, Oregon-headquartered Radisys with existing cash resources at $1.72 per share under their definitive agreement, which has yet to be approved by Radisys shareholders and the regulator.

"Radisys' top-class management and engineering team offer Reliance rapid innovation and solution development expertise globally, which complements our work towards software-centric disaggregated networks and platforms, enhancing the value to customers across consumer and enterprise segments," Reliance Jio director Akash Ambani said.

"This acquisition further accelerates Jio's global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IoT, and open-source architecture adoption."

Radisys has almost 600 staff members, including in its engineering team in Bangalore, India, with Radisys CEO Brian Bronson saying the company will continue working independently.

Reliance Jio had in April posted full-year revenue of 23,916 crore rupees ($3.6 billion), with the Indian telecommunications provider planning to provide 4G coverage to 99 percent of the population by the end of 2018.

Quarterly net profit rose slightly from 504 crore rupees last quarter up to 510 crore rupees ($76.6 million), with Q4 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of 2,694 crore rupees ($404.4 million), up 2.5 percent quarter on quarter.

At the time, Jio said it is the only pan-India network offering 4G across the 800MHz, 1800MHz, and 2300MHz spectrum bands, as well as having 100 percent network availability with an average download speed of 17.9Mbps during March -- which it said was more than double the speeds available on any other Indian mobile network.

Jio also said it has the world's largest voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) network.

"Jio has built a next generation all-IP data network with latest 4G LTE technology. It is the only network built as a mobile video network and providing voice-over-LTE technology," the company said in April.

"It has built a future-ready network which can easily deploy 5G and beyond technology in the last leg."

The telco had 186.6 million subscribers as of March 31 after adding 83 million during the 2017-18 financial year.

Reliance, which earlier this year announced investing $180 million in artificial intelligence (AI) education platform Embibe, reported a total net profit of 36,075 crore ($5.5 billion), up 20.6 percent year on year, on revenue of 430,731 crore ($64.7 trillion), up 30.5 percent for the full year.

Its organised retail business brought in 69,198 core rupees in revenue, up 104.9 percent; the media business brought in 1,839 crore rupees in revenue, up 23.3 percent; oil and gas (exploration and production) brought in 5,204 crore rupees, up 0.3 percent; petrochemicals brought in 125,299 crore rupees, up 35.5 percent; and refining and marketing brought in 306,095 crore rupees, up 22 percent.

4G-only operator Reliance Jio was formed in 2016 by oil and telco billionaire Mukesh D Ambani, who ramped up by offering low-cost bundles.

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