The two companies announced Sunday that Qualcomm’s investment arm would pump up to 7.3 billion Indian rupees (about $97 million) into Jio, in exchange for an equity stake of 0.15%.
Jio is part of Ambani’s sprawling conglomerate, Reliance Industries. It includes India’s biggest mobile network with more than 388 million subscribers. Jio also has an ecosystem of apps, offering those millions of mobile users everything from online grocery shopping to digital payments and video streaming.
“Today, I am delighted to welcome Qualcomm Ventures as an investor in Jio Platforms,” Ambani said in a statement. “As a world leader in wireless technologies, Qualcomm offers deep technology knowhow and insights that will help us deliver on our 5G vision and the digital transformation of India for both people and enterprises.”
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement that his company looked forward “to playing a role in Jio’s vision to further revolutionize India’s digital economy.”
The San Diego-based company is the latest major tech player to boost Ambani’s war chest.
In total, Jio has raised almost 1.2 trillion rupees (about $15.6 billion) since April.
“This is even more remarkable that this was achieved amidst a global lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Reliance added.
Ambani is using the momentum to reassure his existing investors. “I have fulfilled my promise to the shareholders by making Reliance net debt-free much before our original schedule,” he said in a statement last month.
— Sherisse Pham contributed to this report.