In an unexpected move the rivals in Indian Telecom market, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm has decided to share their telecom infrastructure with each other. This include inter and intra city – optic fibre network, submarine cable networks, towers and Internet broadband services and other such opportunities identified in the future.
This mutual cooperation by the two telecom giants is aimed at avoiding duplication of infrastructure, wherever possible, and to preserve capital and the environment. This in-addition will also provide redundancy in order to ensure seamless services to customers of the respective parties.
They are also planning to extend the cooperation to roaming on 2G, 3G and 4G, and any other mutually benefiting areas relating to telecommunication, including but not limited to jointly laying optic fibre or other forms of infrastructure services.
As a start of relation Bharti Airtel has provided capacity on its i2i submarine cable to Reliance Jio for its upcoming 4G LTE data service in India.