Future Group in JV with UAE-based Axiom for mobile retailing

Future Group in JV with UAE-based Axiom for mobile retailing


New Delhi: The Future Group today said it has entered into a joint venture with UAE-based mobile retail company Axiom Telecom and plans to set up more than 1,500 outlets across India by 2009, entailing an investment of $40 million.

The new JV, Future Axiom Telecom Ltd, would take charge of the 500 odd Mobile Bazaar and Mport stores in 58 cities operated by Future Group under the name of ConvergeM since the company ventured into mobile retailing in 2006.

The 50:50 JV involves an initial investment of about $40 million. It will retail and distribute mobile handsets and accessories and set up service centres in India, the company said.

While Future Group was on the lookout for a partner with expertise in the retailing of communication products, Axiom Telecom was keen to enter the Indian market and being a part of the Indian growth story.

“Future Axiom is all set to venture in the 50,000 crore mobile retail industry and set new benchmarks," Future Axiom Telecom Ltd chief executive officer Ashy Sehgal said. He said the JV would start with the 500 stores and touch points in 58 cities under the brand names of Mobile Bazaar and Mport.

Axiom Telecom is promoted by Faisal Al Bannai and has 500 odd outlets in various countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt and UK.