Telecom Lead India: Sunil Mittal’s Airtel will provide Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm data capacity on its i2i submarine cable.
Recently, Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed an agreement with Reliance Communications for network sharing
As per an indefeasible right to use (IRU) agreement with Bharti Airtel, India’s #1 telecom operator, Reliance Jio will utilize a dedicated fiber pair on i2i that connects India to Singapore.
The high speed link will enable Reliance Jio, the 4G venture promoted by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, to extend its network and service reach to customers across Asia Pacific region.
The cable consists of eight fiber pairs using DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), capable of supporting multiple terabits of capacity per fiber pair. Its landing points are at Chennai in India and Tuas in Singapore.
It will connect Reliance Jio to the world’s major business hubs and ISPs, thereby, helping the operator to meet the bandwidth demand and provide ultra fast data experience to its customers.
Bharti and Reliance Jio will continue to build on this strategic framework and consider other mutual areas of cooperation and development to leverage their respective assets towards offering their customers a much richer experience.
Recently, Reliance Jio Infocomm signed a Rs 1,200 crore network sharing deal with Reliance Communications, which is owned by Anil Ambani, for rolling out 4G services. The deal does not include any equity infusion.
As per their agreement, Reliance Communications, which is trying to prune its debt, will benefit from approximately Rs 1,200 crore as one time indefeasible right to use (IRU) fees for sharing its inter-city fiber optic network infrastructure.
Reliance Industries last week said it has finalized agreements with its technology partners, service providers, infrastructure providers, application partners, device makers and other strategic partners for the 4G / TD-LTE project.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has also completed the detailed planning for Pan India implementation of the infrastructure needed for the project. However, the company did not share details about its partners and launch date.