In a major development, Bharti Airtel and BWA license holder Reliance Jio Infocomm are coming together to enable a comprehensive telecom infrastructure sharing arrangement under which both the companies will share telecom infrastructure created by both parties on a pan India basis.
This telecom infrastructure driven agreement also includes sharing of optic fibre network – inter and intra city, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services as well.
This level of infrastructure collaboration will ease out network rollout costs for the organizations and at the same time better utilize their networking in an optimal fashion. This level of will go a long way towards helping both the companies to avoid duplication of infrastructure, wherever possible, and hence, preserve both capital and the environment as well.
It may be recalled that as part of this arrangement, Bharti and Reliance Jio have already announced an agreement under which Bharti has provided capacity on its i2i submarine cable to Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio Infocomm can leverage Bharti Infratel’s 35,376 towers in 11 telecom circles across India and also Indus Towers’ 112,144 towers in 15 telecom circles across India.