wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

BSNL To Share Its 24,000 Towers With RIL For 4G: Report

State owned telecom operator, BSNL, is rumored to have signed an agreement with Reliance Industries (RIL) subsidiary Infotel Broadband to share its 24,000 towers, according to a report by financialexpress. The tie-up is said to help Infotel speed up the launch its 4G services (BWA) by the end of this year. The report cites people close to the development as its source.

It notes that BSNL was rather a late entrant in the tower renting business and only started to rent its towers in 2010. However, it rents only around 1,500 towers, out of the 70,000  towers that it owns, across India.

We’ll still take it with a pinch of salt, as there have been many rumours related to network equipment sharing arrangements between RIL and other telcos. Earlier, there were reports that had indicated that RIL would partner with Reliance Communications, a part of the ADA Group for its 4G rollout, its towers and pan-India fibre optic network, but then a senior RIL Official was quoted saying that the company would launch operations all by its own and that there would be no partnership with Reliance Communications (RCOM) or GTL for the same, during its annual general body meeting. Prior to that, there were some speculative reports that HFCL might do the ground work for the roll-out but no official confirmation.

Current status of 4G services in India

RIL hasn’t revealed its 4G service rollout strategy yet, and it’s been almost close to two years that the company acquired pan-India BWA spectrum through the acquisition of Infotel Broadband, which had won BWA spectrum in all 22 circles in the country for Rs 12,847.77 crore during the 2010 BWA auctions.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Bharti Airtel had BWA licenses in four circles – Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra, and has already launched 4G services in Kolkata and Karnataka circles. Apart from that, Airtel also recently signed an agreement with Qualcomm, under which, it has made an initial investment of approximately $165 million (Rs 927.39 crore approx) to acquire 49% interest in Qualcomm’s India entities that hold BWA/4G licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.

Neither BSNL not MTNL has launched its 4G service yet. BSNL has been reporting losses for the last three years. The operator was also looking to surrender its BWA spectrum and had received the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s nod in December 2011. BSNL had paid Rs 8,313.80 crore to acquire spectrum in 17 circles. Although DoT has accepted BSNL’s request, the company will receive a refund only when the spectrum is put on auction.

Tikona and Aircel who also own 4G licence in select circles have not announced their 4G plans yet.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The Delhi High Court should quash the government's order to block Tanul Thakur's website in light of the Shreya Singhal verdict by the Supreme...


Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.


The industry's growth is being weighed down by taxation and legal uncertainty.


Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.


Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ