Reliance Communications

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Reliance Communications.
Public company
Traded as NSERCOM
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2002[1]
Founder Anil Ambani
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served
Key people
Anil Ambani (President)
Vinod Sawhny(CEO)[2]
Revenue 220 billion (US$3.2 billion) (2015)[3]
7.14 billion (US$110 million) (2015)[3]
Total assets 703 billion (US$10 billion) (2015)[3]
Members 109.90 million[4] (April 2015)
Number of employees
8,500 (2015)[3]
Parent Reliance Group, Sistema Shyam TeleSystems (10%)
Subsidiaries Reliance Globalcom Limited
Reliance Big TV Limited
Reliance Telecom Limited
Reliance Infratel Limited

Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCOM) is an Indian Internet access and telecommunications company headquartered in Navi Mumbai, India. It provides CDMA (CDMA2000, 1xRTT, EV-DO), GSM (Voice, 2G, 3G) mobile services, fixed line broadband and voice services, DTH depending upon the areas of operation. Reliance Communications is the fourth largest telecom operator in India with 109.90 million subscribers as of June 2015.[4] Established in 2002, it is a subsidiary of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Reliance Communication IT Support is provided by Reliance Tech Services and Telecom network is maintained and operated by Ericsson, transmission towers are maintained by its subsidiary Reliance Infratel.

In November 2015, Reliance Communications entered into an agreement to acquire MTS India.

Mobile services[edit]

In 2002, it launched CDMA Operations in 22 circles and became a pan India operator. In 2008, Reliance Communications launched GSM. In the 2010 spectrum auction, Reliance Communications paid 58,642.9 million for 3G spectrum in 13 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir.[5]

On 25 May 2012, RCom announced a price reduction of 61% on its 3G services.[6] In 2011, Reliance provided up to 28 Mbit/s data rate in India with its MIMO technology.[7] On 31 January 2013, Reliance announced its partnership with Lenovo to market co-branded smartphones in India.[8] The smartphones were said to use the Android operating system and have dual-core processors.[8] In 2015, it launched CDMA in REV. B technology in non 3G circles.

Network coverage[edit]

Reliance Communications operates in 22 telecom circles and offers services on GSM and CDMA platforms. Mobile services are available in the following telecom circles:

Telecom circle CDMA 2G 3G
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Yes Yes No
Assam Yes No Yes
Bihar & Jharkhand Yes No Yes
Delhi Yes Yes Yes
Uttar Pradesh (East) Yes Yes Yes
Gujarat Yes Yes No
Haryana Yes Yes No
Himachal Pradesh Yes Yes Yes
Jammu and Kashmir Yes Yes Yes
Karnataka Yes Yes No
Kerala Yes Yes No
Kolkata Yes Yes Yes
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Yes Yes Yes
Maharashtra & Goa Yes Yes No
Mumbai Yes Yes Yes
North-East Yes Yes Yes
Odisha Yes Yes Yes
Punjab Yes Yes Yes
Rajasthan Yes Yes Yes
Tamil Nadu Yes Yes Yes(under 3G ICR with Aircel)
West Bengal Yes No Yes
Uttar Pradesh (West) Yes Yes Yes


Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL) operates in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, kolkata Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Assam and the northeast of India. It first offered GSM services in January 2003.[9] Reliance Tech Services is the IT services wing of Reliance ADAG. 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 and RIDC provides Internet data centre (IDC) services located in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Reliance Communications also acquired FLAG Telecom, Yipes ethernet service, Digicable and Vanco.


  1. ^ "About us, Reliance Communications". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Corporate filing, BSE India" (PDF). Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Reliance Communications Financial Annual Results For 2012 - 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Telecom Subscription data, June 2015" (PDF). TRAI. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "RCom launches 3G services in 3 cities". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "RCom slashes 3G tariff by 61%". The Times of India. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Reliance Improved their 3g with MIMO Technology". Teletechnology of India. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Reliance, in a deal with Lenovo to offer co-branded Jelly Bean smartphones to consumers". 1 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Telecom Investment: At its Peak". Telecom & Networking Communications Today. 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013.