Reliance Industries’ data services venture Reliance Jio Infocomm has inked yet another tower sharing agreement for its upcoming (still!) 4G services. This time around with ATC India to use the latter’s telecom tower infrastructure comprising of 11,000 towers across the country.
This is Reliance Jio’s fifth tower infrastructure sharing partnership in the country after signing similar deals with Viom Networks and Bharti Infratel last month, Reliance Communications (RCOM) in June 2013 and its competitor Bharti Airtel in December 2013.
Earlier this month, it had also inked a master services agreement with Reliance Communications (RCOM) to share the latter’s city fibre infrastructure across the country for its 4G services. This deal covered nearly 500,000 fiber pair kilometers across 300 cities and towns in India and RCOM had noted that the pricing will be at ‘arm’s length’ based on prevailing market rates. Jio also has a tie-up with RCOM for sharing its nationwide inter-city fibre optic network infrastructure.
The company holds a pan-India Unified License and had secured 78.8 MHz spectrum in 1800 MHz band in 14 circles for Rs 11054.41 crore in the recently concluded spectrum auctions. It had mentioned plans of using the spectrum acquired in 1800MHz band along with its pan-India 2300MHz spectrum to address the expected increase in demand for digital services and improve its in-building coverage.
However, the service is yet to launch commercially in India, with just about an year to go before the BWA rollout obligations kicks in.