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Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel will share infrastructure

Following on from its success in India’s recent spectrum auctions, Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced that it will “utilise the telecom towers of Bharti Infratel Ltd to launch its services across the country”.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of an infrastructure sharing agreement signed by the two operators in December last year., which also extended to roaming on 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Reliance Jio MD Sanjay Mashruwala said, “This agreement is in line with our earlier comprehensive telecom infrastructure sharing arrangement with Bharti Airtel aimed at avoiding duplication of infrastructure, wherever possible, and to preserve capital and the environment. The agreement will help us with the faster roll out of our services across the country.”

Bharti Infratel CEO DS Rawat said, “Our vast footprint and high network uptime levels will offer significant synergies of faster access to market and lower operational costs. The agreement would also benefit our existing customers with lower rentals and energy charges as a result of additional sharing.”