Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (RJIL) has signed yet another mobile tower sharing deal. It has now inked this infrastructure sharing deal with GTL Infrastructure Ltd. This deal will allow Reliance Jio to share about 27,800 towers owned by GTL across 22 different circles for faster 4G rollout.
Sanjay Mashruwala, MD at Reliance Jio said, “Our mission is to launch a pan-India next-generation voice and data service. We will build the same through a judicious combination of own build and rented infrastructure.”
As per the plans, Reliance Jio wants to lease around 70,000 telecom towers across the country and install 30,000 of its own. It also includes small single pole towers. RJIL had ordered some small low-powered towers from Airspan recently.
Reliance Jio has signed many tower sharing deals for faster 4G rollout
In case you forgot, Reliance Jio has signed several tower sharing deals. The details of the number of towers that it’ll share with other tower and infrastructure are:
- 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
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. is expected to rollout 4G services by March, 2015: Credit Suisse
Brokerage firm Credit Suisse, believes that continuing with the current page, RJIL will be able to rollout its high-speed 4G services by March, next year. Note that RJIL holds pan-India licence for TD-LTE 4G services since 2010 and as per the terms, it has rollout 4G by 2015 or its licence will be cancelled.