India’s Reliance Jio signs a further tower sharing agreement

Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with local passive network infrastructure provider Viom Networks. The agreement follows a similar agreement Reliance Jio signed with local infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel earlier this month for its pan India operation.

Reliance Jio will use Viom Networks’ 42,000 telecom towers, which span the country. It said that the sharing agreement will ensure a speedy network rollout, cut capital costs and reduce the environmental impact made by the operator.

“This agreement is in line with our mission of a pan India launch spanning next generation voice and data services and leveraging existing telecom infrastructure,” said Sanjay Mashruwala, managing director at Reliance Jio.

The operator holds a pan India unified licence, allowing it to operate in each of India’s geographic circles. The firm is in the process of building a network to offer next generation data services.

Syed Safawi, CEO at Viom Networks, added that the deal signals the firm is transforming itself from a conventional tower company into an “innovation-driven, data-centric infra solutions provider”.

Prior to announcing its tower sharing agreement with Bharti Infratel this month, Reliance Jio Infocomm announced an infrastructure sharing agreement with Bharti Airtel, Bharti Group’s operator subsidiary.

Reliance Jio said that the agreement is in line with an earlier comprehensive telecom infrastructure sharing arrangement between itself and Bharti Airtel, which is aimed at avoiding duplication of infrastructure in order to preserve its capital and minimise the firm’s environmental footprint.

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