Mukesh Ambani, chairman Reliance Industries said that his new telecom venture Jio is not a gamble but a well thought-out and well-engineered business.
"It is no punt. It is a well thought-out, well executed, well engineered ecosystem. It is a Rs 2,50,000 crore investment,". He was replying to a question how can he justify investment of Rs 1.5 trillion on the new entrepreneurial "punt" he had taken.
The troubles Jio had with the regulator and the incumbents are compared to a bright student getting admission into prestigious institute on merit but getting ragged in the hostel for being meritorious.
He also said, "You have to take it in the right spirit. There is a principal and there is an ecosystem so there is a governance system...I've no problem as long as I or Reliance get ragged, you are the big boys and you can take it but the consumer should not suffer and I think that is what Jio is doing."
Ambani had said the company had already invested Rs 1.5 trillion of the launch into his new venture and also he said the group had already pumped in Rs 2.5 trillion into his second attempt at telecom, offering highspeed 4G services with focus on data. He said, "Reliance at this scale and size will not do anything that does not create huge societal value. At the end of the day I strongly believe that the society gives the licence to operate and making only money is not the licence."
He reiterated that Reliance's consumer businesses, which consist of digital services, media and entertainment and retail, in the next few years will be as big as its energy business.
On the matter that Jio had disrupted the telecom market with low data tariffs, Ambani said, "What I really don't understand is that you progress from generations of technology. It is not new as we had announced it in 2010-11”.
"We didn't do anything on stealth. In all my AGMs we have said we are going to bring the Internet to the masses because I firmly believe that the benefits of technology should go to the end-consumer," he said.
Jio had brought about an opportunity for all incumbent operators to work together and take the nation to the next level of digital revolution.