Two Indian Networks Agree to Share Infrastructure
Published on: 11th Dec 2013
India's Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced a telecom infrastructure sharing arrangement under which they will share infrastructure created by both parties.
The agreement will include optic fibre network - inter and intra city, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services.
The arrangement could, in future, be extended to roaming on 2G, 3G and 4G, and any other mutually benefiting areas relating to telecommunication, including but not limited to jointly laying optic fibre or other forms of infrastructure services.
The pricing would be at 'arm's length', based on the prevailing market rates.
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.
The shortish statement from the company did not elaborate on the technical issues, or the duration of the agreement. It is presumed to be still subject to regulatory approval.