Mukesh Ambani-owned Infotel Broadband to set up over 1,00,000 towers for 4G operations

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Mukesh Ambani-owned Infotel Broadband Services plans to set up over 1,00,000 towers for its4G operations in the next three years, moving away from its 'asset-light' model and possibly disappointingtelecom tower companies, including Anil Ambani's Reliance Infratel, which were hoping the RIL group company would use their passive infrastructure for its services.

Infotel Broadband had invited bids earlier this year from tower operators for leasing around 26,000 towers across India for the first phase of its wireless broadband foray. But those plans are on hold, and according to three people familiar with the development, the company has sought quotes and samples from equipment vendors for carbon fibre telecom towers.

The estimated outlay for the company's launch, which is expected later this year or early next year, has been nearly doubled to $8-9 billion, from the originally stated $4 billion in 2010, said one of the three persons.

A Reliance Industries official, who asked not to be named, said the company may partly use its own towers while it may rent the rest from existing tower companies. But if Infotel Broadband does meet its target of building 1,00,000 towers, there might not be any need for it to rent further capacity. Indus Towers, the country's largest tower company, owns around 1,10,000 telecom towers.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Infotel Broadband to set up over 1,00,000 towers for 4G operations - The Economic Times
 

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sad, why waste precious resources on building towers & increase end user costs further
 

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Get this straight...... Mukesh ambani doesn't like giving to others............ Renting towers is like a hole in his pocket. :p
 

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well..........he sort of doesnt let ppl know what exactly he wants..........keeps them in a loop. and does what is best for him.
 
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As if we aren't surrounded by enough towers, yeah let every telecom company set up their own towers in each area, make our neighbourhood a tower junkyard, and the government will just watch and enjoy the show. Pathetic!
 

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As if we aren't surrounded by enough towers, yeah let every telecom company set up their own towers in each area, make our neighbourhood a tower junkyard, and the government will just watch and enjoy the show. Pathetic!

Ambani will never ever put a tower next to his house antilla or whatever the name is ...
 

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Read the ET report thoroughly. The report also says these 1lakh towers may for rural roll out - where big tower companies have fewer presence. In urban areas RIL will use Indus/R-Infra's towers on rent, while in rural areas RIL towers will be for 4G roll out as well as rent to mobile operators ! :D