The Telegraph
Tuesday , April 22 , 2014
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Jio to use ATC towers

Ambani: New pact

Mumbai, April 21: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd today entered into a tower-sharing agreement with ATC India, one of the independent tower companies in the country.

Reliance Jio will utilise the telecom tower infrastructure of ATC India to launch its services across the country. ATC has 11,000 towers in the country. ATC India is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tower Corporation.

The development follows a series of similar pacts inked by the Mukesh D. Ambani group company over the past few months.

Last month, it signed an agreement with Viom Networks to use their 42,000 towers. Before that, it had inked a master services pact with Bharti Infratel to utilise the latter’s tower infrastructure.

In December 2013, the duo had entered into an agreement that included the sharing of optic fibre network, submarine cable networks, telecom towers and Internet broadband services.

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries has also joined hands with Reliance Communications for sharing its inter-city and intra-city optic fibre infrastructure.

Analysts expect Reliance Jio to launch services later this year. The company has acquired 1800MHz spectrum in 14 circles in the recent auction. Besides fixed and wireless broadband connectivity, Reliance Jio plans to offer end-to-end solutions for education, healthcare, security, financial services and entertainment.