Reliance Jio strikes a pact with BSNL for leasing its towers, a good move ?

By August 27th, 2014 AT 3:04 PM

Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a pact with the Government owned BSNL allowing them to lease out 4000 mobile towers. BSNL will be charging flat Rs 38,000 per month for a Ground based Tower. The charges for the roof based tower will be Rs 24,900. Additionally it is also said that BSNL is ready to toss in some discounts if RJIL commits to leasing a bulk of 1500 towers.

BSNL Director for Mobility Anupam, Shrivastava told PTI that “The rent for ground towers will be Rs 35,000 per month and Rs 21,000 per month for rooftop towers if Reliance Jio commits leasing of 1,500 towers in the first year,” BSNL further made the deal sweeter by saying that it will also give a flat 5% discount if RJIL agrees to lease at least 1000 towers within the coming three months.

RJIL didn’t issue any notice in this regard and we feel that it is still working out on the deal. RJIL has a pan India License that can be used for deploying 4G services across India. Infact RJIL is one of the first telecom operator in India to get hold of unified license in all the 22 circles. This deal will come as a breather for BSNL which is currently reeling under losses and heavy operating costs.

Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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It is good idea. Atleast BSNL will have return for investment. In Ahmedabad, BSNL is not even able to provide landline connections at posh localities/developing area on the pretext of non availability of cables (?) and many other excuses. The officers are lethargic and they are non responsive, as if they are obliging the customers. This attitude needs change. Even complaints made to CGM office get no response. Ahmedabad, a business hub has great potential, but BSNL keep blind eyes and never tries to reach the potential customers. Jago BSNL Ahmedabad.


In my native town of MP, leasing of BSNL towers ended up in good quality services from private telcos. BSNL should install more towers in rural & urban area so pvt players can lease it & in turn BSNL can earn profits from these towers. Looking for new customers will take longer time as BSNL is plagued with lots of technical, administrative & management issues.

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