Reliance BIG TV to be acquired by Pantel & Veecon Media and Television

Monday, November 27th, 2017
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Reliance Communications enters into binding spa to sell 100% equity in non-core DTH business

  • Reliance BIG TV to be acquired by Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd (PTPL) & Veecon Media and Television Ltd (VMTL)
  • RBTV will renew license and ensure service continuity for over 1.2 million customers
  • 500 employees of RBTV will be retained by ptpl & vmtl transaction is subject to regulatory (ministry of information & broadcasting) and lenders’ approval

MUMBAI — Reliance Communications Limited (RCOM) has entered into a binding Share Purchase Agreement with Pantel Technologies Pvt Limited and Veecon Media & Television Limited for sale of its subsidiary Reliance BIG TV Limited (RBTV), engaged in the business of Direct-to-Home (DTH) services across India.

Pursuant to this transaction, the buyers will acquire the entire shareholding of RBTV with business on an “as-is, where-is” basis, along with existing trade and contingent liabilities. On this occasion, Mr. Vijender Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd, said: “Pantel Technologies is a young Information Technology and Communication devices company, selling innovative Tablet PC(s) under the brand name of Penta T-Pad(s) in the Indian, South-East Asian, GCC and African markets. Pantel Technologies has collaborated with Mauritius Telecom—the telecom service provider of Mauritius—bringing digital computing solutions to the Mauritian and African markets at affordable prices.

The existing DTH license of BIG TV is being renewed, and the required Bank Guarantees have already been submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The transaction ensures that all 1.2 million customers of BIG TV shall continue to enjoy uninterrupted services. It also ensures continuity of employment for approximately 500 employees of RBTV.

The transaction will help to reduce the liability of unsecured creditors, benefitting all stakeholders, including lenders and shareholders of RCOM. The transaction is in consonance with RCOM’s stated objective to focus on B2B businesses of the new RCOM.

The successful culmination of the transaction is subject to requisite approvals from licensors, regulatory authorities (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) and lenders of RCOM.