Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has signed a deal with state-run telecom operator- BSNL for sharing its 4000 cellular tower.
RJIL has pan-India license for providing 4G TD-LTE (@ 2300 MHz) services country across India but doesn’t have any mobile tower of its own. That’s why RJIL has inked this deal with BSNL.
Reliance Jio has also signed infrastructure agreements with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, American Tower Company, Viom Network, and Ascend Telecom Infrastructure.
Reliance Jio is also the only operator in India to get a unified licence for launching its 4G services along with voice telephony across all 22 circles in the country. It also recently won the auction for 1800 MHz spectrum. RJIL’s 4G launch is right on track as it has been on a hiring spree and also alloted a $250M-$350M IT contract to IBM.
As per the tower sharing deal, BSNL will charge Rs. 38,000/month for Ground Based Towers (GBT) and Rs. 24,900/month for Rooftop Based Towers (RBT).
BSNL will offer reduced rates if RJIL commits to leasing at least 1,500 tower during the first year
BSNL Director for Consumer Mobility, Anupam Shrivastava said, “The rent for ground towers will be Rs 35,000 per month and Rs 21,000 per month for rooftop towers if Reliance Jio commits leasing of 1,500 towers in first year”.
They will also offer additional 5% discount if Reliance Jio leases at least 1,000 towers within three months. This deal will BSNL in reducing their debts just before the government merges it with MTNL.
There is no word from RJIL’s office about this, but we believe that they are rather busy planning the 4G roll out.