Google buys 7.7% of Reliance's digital unit Jio for $4.5 bln

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India's Reliance Industries on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Google will buy a 7.7% stake in its digital unit for $4.5 billion, winning the backing of another U.S. tech giant after Facebook Inc in late April.

NEW DELHI, July 15 (Reuters) - India's Reliance Industries on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Google will buy a 7.7% stake in its digital unit for $4.5 billion, winning the backing of another U.S. tech giant after Facebook Inc in late April.

With Google's investment, strategic and financial investors have committed a total of 1.52 trillion rupees ($20.22 billion) in the last few months, Reliance chairman and billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani said at the company's annual shareholders meeting hosted via a webcast.

Reliance's digital unit Jio Platforms houses music and movie apps but its mainstay is telecoms firm Jio Infocomm - India's largest mobile carrier with more than 387 million users. ($1 = 75.1590 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal, editing by Louise Heavens) ((sankalp.phartiyal@thomsonreuters.com; +91-11-49548064;)) Keywords: RELIANCE AGM/ (PIX)

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