Reliance Communications Unveils Large-scale NetworkExpansion Plan

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Company set to deploy 10,000 base stations, cover an additional 150 Million population, create addressable market of Rs 10,000 crore Reliance Communications in advanced stage of talks with several existing operators for 2G GSM ICR alliances: UNVEILS FIRST ALLIANCE WITH AIRCEL RCOM's 2G GSM customers will be able to roam seamlessly on partner networks Wider network reach will improve RCOM's revenue market share and customer market share at no additional Capex and Opex-‘Pay As You Use' model unveiled All 2G GSM ICR agreements likely to be in place by the end of the 2nd quarter Mumbai, 30 April 2013: Reliance Communications, India's fully integrated telecommunications service provider, today announced ambitious plans to expand its pan-India network significantly through strategic 2G GSM Intra-Circle Roaming agreements with existing operators, offering its customers wider coverage and uninterrupted service across the country. Once in place, RCOM's 2G GSM customers will be able to roam seamlessly on all partner networks, free of any additional cost. These ICR agreements will increase RCOM's national 2G GSM network footprint by 10,000 base stations and bring in an addressable market of over 150 million customers, adding up to a market opportunity of over Rs 10,000 crore. All agreements with existing telecom operators are likely to be completed by the end of the second quarter of the ongoing financial year."We are already in advanced stages of talks with several operators across the country to put these agreements in place, and are delighted to announce the first of many such alliances today-a pan- India 2G GSM ICR agreement with Aircel," Mr Gurdeep Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer (Wireless), Reliance Communications, said. "In today's highly competitive and cluttered telecom scenario, this agreement will expand RCOM's network footprint at no upfront cost-a ‘Pay As You Use' model-and improve both service quality and operational efficiencies. We believe that the iming for such alliances is just right, as the industry is now moving into consolidation mode," he added. The innovative 2G GSM ICR arrangements with various other operators will see a fast-paced expansion of RCOM's GSM network footprint at no extra cost, optimize Capex and Opex spends and allow the Company's customers a seamless roaming experience on partner networks. In addition, increased capacities will significantly improve both outdoor and in-building coverage, providing RCOM customers with an enriched mobility and data experience."At RCOM, it has always been our endeavor to provide innovative products and services to our customers, coupled with ease of use and affordability-these agreements are another step in that direction," Mr. Singh said. "These agreements will optimize RCOM's network resources and further entrench our position as a pan-India scale operator, while offering our customers dependable and uninterrupted services," he added. Mr Kaizad Heerjee, Chief Operating Officer, Aircel, said, "The telecom industry is at a stage where players are faced with high operational costs-be it energy, infrastructure, sales or distribution. Given this dynamic nature of the industry, it is inevitable for operators to consider such arrangements with each other to offer continued and seamless mobile services to customers. Our strong infrastructure and network capabilities across the country have enabled us to provide a differentiated, redefined and affordable user experience to our customers. The signing of the MoU with RCOM is our first step in this direction, to make mobile services available to all." The first such arrangement with Aircel offers RCOM customers seamless mobility and a wider footprint, while providing an impetus to the Company's yields, both in terms of revenue market share and customer market share. The strategic alliance will energize RCOM's already extensive GSM network footprint in the country, significantly boosting the Company's addressable market. To begin with, the two companies will offer the 2G ICR advantage to its customers in some key Circles, with the agreement being periodically expanded, thereby taking this progressive offering to customers on a pan-India basis.About Reliance Communications Reliance Communications Limited founded by the late Shri Dhirubhai H Ambani (1932-2002) is the flagship company of the Reliance Group. The Reliance Group currently has a net worth in excess of Rs. 90,000 crore (US$ 17.7 billion), cash flows of Rs. 8,000 crore (US$ 1.6 billion), net profit of Rs. 3,200 crore (US$ 0.6 billion). Reliance Communications is India's foremost and truly integrated telecommunications service provider. The Company, with a customer base of about 130 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers, ranks among the Top 4 Telecom companies in the world by number of customers in a single country. Reliance Communications corporate clientele includes over 35,000 Indian and multinational corporations including small and medium enterprises and over 800 global, regional and domestic carriers. Reliance Communications has established a pan-India, next generation, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. Reliance Communications owns and operates the world's largest next generation IP enabled connectivity infrastructure, comprising over 277,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable systems in India, USA, Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

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