RCom Announces the Sale Completion of Media Nodes to Reliance Jio for Rs 2,000 Crore

Reliance Communications (RCom), the Anil Ambani-led company today announced the completion of the planned sale of its media convergence nodes (MCNs) and related infrastructure assets, worth Rs 2,000 crore, to Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio Infocomm. RCom said the transaction entailed 248 nodes covering close to 5 million sq. Ft. of the area, used for hosting the telecom infrastructure, all of which now stands transferred to Jio, RCom said in a statement. “Reliance Communications Limited (RCom) today announced the completion of the sale of its MCNs and related infrastructure assets, worth Rs 2,000 crore, to Reliance Jio Infocomm,” the RCom statement said.


RCom and Reliance Jio Announced a Wireless Spectrum Deal Last Year

Last year, the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications signed a pact with Reliance Jio for sale of wireless spectrum, tower, fibre and MCN assets – the proceeds of which were to be used to reduce debt.

The deal announced in December 2017, packed in 122.4 MHz of 4G spectrum in the 800/900/1800/2100 MHz bands, over 43,000 towers, 1,78,000 kilometres of fibre and 248 media convergence nodes. The nodes’ sale concluded today represents the initial tranche of the planned, larger deal.

RCom Went Through a Rough Phase Last Year

With the entry of Reliance Jio, small players like RCom struggled a lot in the industry. Initially, RCom announced a merger deal with Aircel to sustain in the hyper-competitive market, however, the merger didn’t get through. Later on, RCom blamed the government for delaying the regulatory approvals required for its merger with Aircel.

Even after announcing its wireless assets sale to Reliance Jio, RCom faced several struggles as for how it would clear the Rs 25,000 crore debt sitting on its head. Earlier this month, Reliance Communications had reinstated bank guarantees worth Rs 774 crore with the telecom department ahead of the timeline set by the telecom tribunal, and had said that its Rs 25,000 crore asset sale plans are “on track”.

Even telecom gear maker, Ericsson had dragged RCom to Supreme Court for the clearance of its deal dues.

With Inputs from PTI.

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Chetan Malhotra
Chetan Malhotra

Guys I have been seeing in many articles that Jio is keeping its power low for its 4G signal… Hence I would like to clarify… Signal to noise ratio decreases with increase in signal power. Even signal quality (RSRQ) also detoriates if power is increased many fold. Keeping signal quality is a very complex task. Even a slight increase in ambient noise will detoriate signal quality with other factors like concrete walls. Hence Telco keep signal power optimal to insure high quality and hence high 4G speed. Quality of 2G signal is bad than 4G signal hence you see 2G… Read more »

Thamilan daa
Thamilan daa

Chetan :

So, will jio work in the 800, 900 and 2100 MHz 4G all over India?. What is the spectrum that jio will allocate for Tamilnadu individually in the above frequencies?.

Will the newly acquired 800 and 900 MHz overlap with the existing 850 MHz of jio?. What will be the case of jio 2100 MHz ovrrlapping with the 3G frequency of AVo and 4G frequency of Voda?.

What about 1800 MHz from RGSM?. How much spectrum will jio allocate for Tamilnadu excluding the current 5 MHz?.

Chetan Malhotra
Chetan Malhotra

In Tamil nadu , Jio will recieve only 3.75mhz from RCom in band 5. That’s it.. Jio may or may not chose to deploy it till it gets another 1.25 mhz in next auction .. band 3 spectrum was non liberalised hence Jio chose to ignore and RCom then returned it back to DOT. TBH in all southern State jio will have nothing from RCom except 3.75 or full 5 mhz in band 5.

Thamilan daa
Thamilan daa

Will jio start 800, 900 and 2100 MHz 4G in Tamilnadu or not?.

Sayak Roy - Kolkata
Sayak Roy - Kolkata

I don’t think they’ll start 4G on 900Mhz, since they already have 850Mhz LTE.

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