Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. were an automobile company then I would say that it is currently running on turbo mode. But, it is a telecom company. So, I would say that it is running on the high-speed 4G internet mode. Which is what the current scenario is. RJIL is putting in everything that it has got to accelerate its 4G rollout process in India. It recently inked a tower sharing agreement with GTL Infrastructure, and now it has done the same with world’s largest telecom tower provider – Indus Towers.
Reliance Jio Infocomm will use Indus Towers’ 1,13,490 Base Transceiver Stations (mobile towers) present across 15 circles for rolling out its next-generation 4G services in India.
The Financial details and Terms & Conditions of this deal are not disclosed to the public but Reliance Jio’s MD Sanjay Mashruwala said, “We are continuing our effort to create a new-age network which will provide innovative and empowering digital solutions to every Indian through our high-speed 4G services.” “The agreement will help in avoiding duplication of infrastructure and preserving the environment, while ensuring seamless services to Jio customers through Indus’ tower infrastructure”, he added.
Indus Towers is a joint venture by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea Cellular. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India own 42% of the stake each, leaving the rest for Idea Cellular.
BS Shantharaju, CEO at Indus Towers said, “Our footprint in 15 circles in India, coupled with high network uptime levels, cost-effective solutions, faster access to market and lower operational costs will provide Jio a robust and seamless telecom infrastructure. The agreement will also bring cost benefits to Jio in the form of lower rentals and energy costs.”
A week back, Reliance Jio has signed a tower sharing deal with GTL Infrastructure for sharing the latter’s 27,800 towers spanning across 22 circles in India.
Here is the record of tower sharing deals signed by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. with telecom tower providers and other companies:
- Viom Networks: 42,000 towers
- RCom: 45,000 towers
- ATC India: 11,000 towers
- Tower Vision: 8,400 towers
- Ascend Telecom: About 4,500 towers
- BSNL: Around 4,000 towers
- GTL Infrastructure: 27,800 towers
- Indus Towers: 1,13,490 towers
These tower sharing deals with help Reliance Jio save the CAPEX for installing these telecom towers, and will also assist them in super-fast 4G rollout.
RJIL won the 2300 MHz pan-India spectrum for rolling out its 4G services back in May, 2010. And as per the licence terms, it must roll out its network by 2015. Reliance Jio also won the spectrum auction for 1800 MHz waves held in Feb, 2014. It is reportedly planning to use this band for launching its TD-LTE data services along with support for voice calling.
There has been no word about the pricing model for the RJIL’s 4G data but we think that it will be cheaper and more affordable than the current 4G and 3G data plans, or all this Reliance 4G hype would be for nothing.