|Traded as||NSE: RCOM
|Key people||Anil Ambani (President)
Shaiq Wani (CEO)
|Revenue||218 billion (US$3.5 billion) (2013)|
|Net income||6.72 billion (US$110 million) (2013)|
|Total assets||902 billion (US$15 billion) (2013)|
|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 Anil Dhirubhai Ambani 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Reliance Globalcom owns the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe undersea cable system
- RIDC provides Internet data centre (IDC) services located in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
- FLAG Telecom
- Yipes ethernet service
On 19 May 2010, the 3G spectrum auction in India ended. Reliance Communications paid 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. RCOM recently has started to offer 3G services through network sharing in the states where it does not hold license for 3G operations. Reliance provides 3G services in Uttar Pradesh East through Aircel's 3G network and in Uttar Pradesh West through Tata Docomo's 3G network and it allows Tata Docomo customers to roam on Reliance's network in Delhi, where Tata Docomo does not operate. On 11 June 2010, the broadband wireless access (BWA) or 4G spectrum auction in India ended. Infotel Broadband, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, won pan-India licence in the auction across 22 circles, the only telecom operator other than state-owned BSNL/MTNL to do so. Infotel paid the government 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. They were expected to use LTE technology. On 25 May 2012, RCom announced a price reduction of 61% on its 3G services.
On 31 January 2013, Reliance announced its partnership with Lenovo to market co-branded smartphones in India. The smartphones were said to use the Android operating system and have dual-core processors.
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