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Mukesh Ambani’s latest telecom punch: RIL to acquire Radisys for Rs 500 crore; key things to know

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-run Reliance Industries is all set to acquire Radisys Corporation, a US-based open telecom platform solutions provider, for $75 million (Rs 510 crore) in cash, in a bid to push telecom firm Reliance Jio’s plans. Notably, Radisys is a leader in providing open telecom solutions to service providers worldwide. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, Radisys has nearly 600 employees with an engineering team based out of Bangalore, India, and sales and support offices globally, RIL said in a press release.

Taking stock of the synergies, RIL said that this acquisition further accelerates Jio’s global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IOT and open source architecture adoption. “Reliance and Jio have been disrupting legacy business models and establishing new global benchmarks. 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,” Akash Ambani, Director of Reliance Jio said in a statement filed on the exchanges.

Radisys reported revenue of $133.77 million for 2017, compared with $212.4 million the year before and $184.6 million for 2015. The NASDAQ-listed company has a market capitalisation of about $28.5 million. It also has a local unit, Radisys India Pvt. Ltd, based in Bengaluru.

Brian Bronson, CEO of Radisys said, “The backing and support of India-based global conglomerate Reliance, will accelerate our strategy and the scale required by our customers to further deploy our full suite of products and services. The Radisys team will continue to work independently on driving its future growth, innovation and expansion. The addition of Reliance’s visionary leadership and strong market position will enhance Radisys’ ability to develop and integrate large-scale, disruptive, open-centric end-toend solutions.”

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