Facebook-Jio deal gets nod from Competition Commission

Chennai: The Competition Commission has given approval to Facebook’s proposed acquisition of 9.99 per cent stake in Real Jio Platforms.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved acquisition of 9.99 per cent stake in Jio Platforms by Jaadhu Holdings LLC, a tweet said.

The Rs 43,574 crore ($5.7 billion ) deal—the single largest FDI in the technology sector in India—was announced in April. Facebook had set up a separate entity Jaadhu Holdings LLC for making the investment.

Jaadhu is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Facebook and formed in March under the laws of the state of Delaware, US. The Facebook group offers various products and services that help people connect to their friends and family, find communities, and grow businesses, the CCI said in a release.

The deal would bring together JioMart, the e-commerce venture of Asia’s richest man Ambani, and Facebook’s WhatsApp platform to connect consumers with neighbourhood kirana stores.

WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India while Jio has more than 388 million phone subscribers. Facebook has about 250 million users in India.

Jio Platforms owns and operates digital applications and holds controlling investments in certain technology-related entities. Jio Platforms also holds 100 per cent of the issued and outstanding share capital of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.