As per the agreement, Indus Towers will provide Reliance Jio with towers based on existing market rates although further details, like the number of towers to be shared and the duration of the deal were undisclosed. Indus Towers, which is a threeway joint venture between Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, is currently present in 15 telecom circles in India with a total of 113,490 telecom towers across the country. The company presently services 11 operators across the country including Airtel, Tata, Uninor, Vodafone, MTNL etc. According to Reliance, the agreement will help it avoid duplicating infrastructure and will lower its environmental impact.
Other tower sharing agreements:
This is Reliance Jio’s ninth tower sharing agreement before launching its high-speed 4G services. The other infrastructure deals signed by RJIL include –
– A tower sharing agreement with GTL infrastructure for its 27,800 towers across 22 circles earlier this month.
– A similar agreement with state-run telco BSNL to lease around 4,000 mobile towers in August this year.
– A tower sharing agreement with Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. for its 4,500 towers across the country, in June this year.
– A master service agreement with Tower Vision India to use its infrastructure of 8,400 towers, in May this year.
– An agreement with ATC India to use its infrastructure of 11,000 telecom towers across the country in April this year.
– A master service agreement with Viom Networks for its telecom infrastructure of over 42,000 towers in March this year.
– A deal with Bharti Infratel for its telecom infrastructure of 36,000 towers in the country in March this year.
– An agreement with RCOM to share its 45,000 mobile towers in June this year.
RJIL had also tied up with Reliance Communication in April 2013 for a Rs 1,200 crore fiber optic network infrastructure sharing deal, followed by a intra-city fiber infrastructure sharing deal in April this year.
In June this year, CEO and Chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani had said that they would launch its data services in a phased manner across India in 2015 after conducting expanded trials, which were expected to launch in July and continue till early 2015.
Reliance Joi had also joined the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), as a core member of the GSM industry body, in August this year. The development was interesting considering the company had had a spat with the COAI previously on certain issues.