(Last Updated On: October 1, 2014)

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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

reliance jio infomm tower sharing deal with BSNL

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.

“The launch of 4G networks and the rise in the consumption of data services is a growth driver for tower companies. The tower company is strong especially in regions like the North East, and South,” said Charudatta Naik of GTL Infrastructure.
These tower sharing deals will not only help in quicker rollout of services, but will also help reduce pollution. The telecom towers need a lot of diesel for keeping them operational during power outage.
RJIL had also tied-up with Bharti Airtel for sharing its under-sea marine cable connecting India with Singapore. This deal allows both the parties to get in infrastructure sharing by avoiding duplication of towers wherever possible.
Reliance Jio 4G rollout roadmap tells us that during initial launch, it plans to cover 90% of urban India (5,000 towns and cities), and
2,15,000 villages. The plan is to cover 6,00,000 villages after some time.
We don’t know why people at Reliance Jio were sitting silent since 2010, but they have woken up from their hibernation and doing as much as they can to accelerate their launch of 4G services in India. I wish that they had done the same just after the acquiring the 4G pan-India licence. If that would have happened then, we would all be using high-speed and matured 4G services by now. What do you say?