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Reliance Jio, Indus Towers ink infrastructure sharing deal

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Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Reliance Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the only pan India operator with BWA spectrum preparing to launch 4G services and Indus Towers, the world’s largest and India’s leading provider of telecom tower infrastructure, has signed a Master Services Agreement (MSA) for tower infrastructure sharing. Under the agreement, Reliance Jio would utilise the telecom tower infrastructure services being provided by Indus Towers to launch its services across the country. As per the agreement, the pricing would be based on prevailing market rates.

The agreement will help in avoiding duplication of infrastructure and preserving the environment. It will also ensure seamless services to Reliance Jio customers through Indus’  tower infrastructure.

Sanjay Mashruwala, Managing Director, Reliance Jio 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. We are building our network through a combination of infrastructure network that we are creating on our own and those that we are renting from quality partners. We already have such tower sharing agreements with all the major players in India, and this relationship with Indus Towers will further accelerate the rollout of our services.”

BS Shantharaju, CEO, Indus Towers said, “We are delighted to partner Reliance Jio in their endeavor to roll-out next generation wireless broadband services. 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 Reliance Jio a robust and seamless telecom infrastructure. Additionally, our agreement with Reliance Jio will also bring benefits to our existing customers in the form of lower rentals and energy costs. At the same time, the infrastructure sharing will help in avoiding duplication of towers and benefit the environment through lower power and fuel consumption. On this new partnership, we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Reliance Jio.”

Indus Towers has a well-defined infrastructure sharing strategy to support and to enhance infrastructure sharing in India, thereby allowing for expansion of wireless networks into rural areas and promoting better environmental utilization of resources in metro areas. Currently Indus Towers services 11 operators namely Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Reliance Communications, Videocon, MTNL, BSNL & MTS.

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