Reliance Jio announces tower deal with Tower Vision

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, today announced its agreement with mobile tower company Tower Vision for utilizing infrastructure for its 4G telecom network.

The selection of Tower Vision is part of a series of agreements with other telecom tower firms and operators such as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications.

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“We are committed to offer our customers wide coverage of high speed 4G networks. We are continuing to build this through a combination of towers that we are constructing on our own and those that we are renting,” said Reliance Jio Infocomm Managing Director Sanjay Mashruwala.

Tower Vision has a portfolio of 8,400 towers in India.

“Through partnering with Tower Vision India, Reliance Jio gains access to carefully selected sites, covering strategic locations where data customers today require uninterrupted high speed wireless coverage,” said Tower Vision Chairman Amit Ganani.

With this agreement, total available towers for Reliance Jio to roll out its network would reach about 188,400. The company already has an agreement with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Viom Network, American Tower Company to utilize their infrastructure.

As per the deal with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio will have access to about 82,000 mobile towers, while the agreement with RCom deal will provide it access to about 45,000 towers. The recent deal with Viom Networks and ATC gives it access to 42,000 and 11,000 mobile towers.

Reliance Jio is expected to launch 4G services in July-September quarter.

The 4G operator holds pan-India broadband wireless access spectrum that can be used for 4G services. Besides, it won airwaves in the 1800 Mhz band, widely known as 2G spectrum, which is also being used for 4G services worldwide.

The company will use both available 4G technologies to provide services.

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