Reliance Communications

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Reliance Communications Ltd.
Type Public company
Traded as NSERCOM
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2004
Founder(s) Anil Ambani
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Area served India
Key people Anil Ambani (President)
Vinod Sawhny (CEO)[1]
Revenue INR218 billion (US$3.6 billion) (2013)[2]
Net income INR6.72 billion (US$110 million) (2013)[2]
Total assets INR902 billion (US$15 billion) (2013)[2]
Employees 18,070 (2013)[2]
Parent Reliance Group
Subsidiaries Reliance Globalcom Limited
Reliance Big TV Limited

Reliance Communications Ltd. (commonly called RCOM) is an Indian Internet access (commonly called "broadband") and telecommunications company headquartered in Navi Mumbai, India. RCOM is India's second largest telecom operator, only after Bharti Airtel. It is the 15th largest mobile phone operator with over 150 million subscribers. Established in 2004, it is a subsidiary of Reliance Group.

The company has five segments:

  • Wireless segment
  • Broadband segment (Internet access operations)
  • Global segment: national and international long-distance operations (and the wholesale operations of its subsidiaries)
  • Investment segment: investment activities of the Reliance Group companies
  • Other segment: customer care and direct-to-home (DTH) activities


It ranks among the top five telecommunications companies in the world by number of customers in a single country. Reliance Communications corporate clientele includes 2,100 Indian and multinational corporations, and over 800 global, regional and domestic carriers. The company established a pan-India, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. Reliance Communications owns and operates the IP-enabled connectivity infrastructure,[3] comprising over 190,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable systems in India, United States, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.[citation needed]

Major subsidiaries[edit]

Reliance Telecommunication Limited[edit]

Subsidiary Reliance Telecommunication Limited (RTL) operates in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Assam, and the northeast of India. It first offered GSM services in January 2003.[4]

Reliance Tech Services[edit]

Reliance Tech Services is the IT services wing of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group. It provides IT consultancy, business process outsourcing and software development for Reliance Communications and other ADA group companies. It provides services to industry sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, utilities, entertainment, infrastructure, BPO[clarification needed] operations and health care.

Reliance Globalcom[edit]

Reliance Globalcom owns the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe undersea cable system, which spanned 65,000 km in 2006.[5] Over 110,000 km of domestic optic-fibre connects 40 markets in India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Reliance Internet Data Centre[edit]

RIDC provides Internet data centre (IDC) services located in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Spread across 650,000 sq ft (60,000 m2) of hosting space, it offers IT infrastructure management services to large, medium and small enterprises. It is one of the leading data-centre service provider in India and provides services like colocation, managed server hosting, virtual private server and data security. It has launched cloud computing services,[6] offering product under its infrastructure as a server (Iaas) and software as a service (Saas) portfolio, which enables enterprises, mainly small and medium, a cost-effective IT infrastructure and application on pay-per-user model.

Reliance Digital TV[edit]

Main article: Reliance Digital TV

Reliance Big TV launched in August 2008[7] and thereafter acquired 1 million subscribers within 90 days of launch,[8] the fastest ramp-up ever achieved by any DTH operator in the world. Reliance Big TV offers its 1.7 million customers DVD-quality pictures on over 200 channels using MPEG-4 technology.


  • FLAG Telecom
  • Yipes ethernet service
  • Digicable
  • Vanco


Reliance Communications Limited has its offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna and Pune.


On 19 May 2010, the 3G spectrum auction in India ended. Reliance Communications paid INR 58642.9 million for spectrum in 13 circles. The circles it will provide 3G in are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir.[9] On 11 June 2010, the broadband wireless access (BWA) or 4G spectrum auction in India ended. Infotel Broadband, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries,[10] won pan-India licence in the auction across 22 circles, the only telecom operator other than state-owned BSNL/MTNL to do so.[11] Infotel paid the government INR 128477.7 million for the licence.

According to Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director-general Rajan S. Mathews, Reliance Industries was expected to launch 4G services in December 2011.[12] They were expected to use LTE technology. On 25 May 2012, RCom announced a price reduction of 61% on its 3G services.[13]

In 2011 Reliance provided up to 28 Mbit/s data rate in India with its MIMO technology.[14]

On 31 January 2013, Reliance announced its partnership with Lenovo to market co-branded smartphones in India.[15] The smartphones were said to use the Android operating system and have dual-core processors.[15]


Reliance Communications competes with 14 other mobile operators throughout India. They are Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, Idea, Loop Mobile, MTNL, MTS, Ping Mobile, S Tel, Tata DoCoMo, Tata Indicom, Uninor, Videocon, Virgin Mobile (GSM & CDMA) and Vodafone.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Reliance Communications Financial Annual Results For 2012 - 2013". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "The world's largest next generation IP enabled connectivity infrastructure". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Telecom Investment: At its Peak". Telecom & Networking Communications Today. 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reliance Communications' FLAG Telecom Announces FLAG NGN". Press release (India PR wire). 29 December 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft, Press Releases, Business Wire India, Reliance Communications, IT solutions, Rajan Anandan". 28 October 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Big TV launched in August 2008". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  8. ^ "BIG TV crosses 1 Million Subscriber Mark Within The 90 Days of Launch". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  9. ^ "RCom launches 3G services in 3 cities". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 14 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Reliance Industries buys 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs 4,800 cr". The Times of India. 12 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Nikhil Pahwa (11 June 2010). "India’s Broadband Wireless Auction Ends". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Jha, Nilabh (21 September 2011). "Reliance to launch 4G by December". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "RCom slashes 3G tariff by 61%". The Times of India. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Reliance Improved their 3g with MIMO Technology". Teletechnology of India. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Reliance, in a deal with Lenovo to offer co-branded Jelly Bean smartphones to consumers". 1 February 2013. 

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