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Bharti Infratel in talks with RIL for tower sharing

PTI  New Delhi, April 30, 2013
First Published: 13:47 IST(30/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:02 IST(30/4/2013)

Bharti Infratel, the tower arm of Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday said it will talk to the telecom units of Reliance Industries to lease out its towers, a top official of the company said.

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"...We would definitely be in talks with them, we would like to do more and more business with them. So as far as we are concerned... they are very credible customer, so we would definitely be in touch with them," Bharti Infratel vice chairman and managing director Akhil Gupta told reporters in New Delhi.

He was replying to a question if Bharti Infratel is in talks with Reliance Jio Infocomm for tower sharing.

Last week, energy-focused RIL took a step closer to launching 4G telecom services with a deal to lease undersea cable capacity from Bharti Airtel.

Gupta, however, added no contract is being signed at the moment.

"As a tower company, its my job to go to every operator, existing as well as prospective," he added.

Reliance Jio Infocomm will use Bharti's submarine cable network to provide data connectivity across Asia Pacific.

After announcing the deal, a joint statement had said that Bharti and Reliance Jio would continue to build on this "strategic framework" and consider other mutual areas of cooperation and development.


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