Reliance Communications

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Reliance Communications.
Public company
Traded as NSERCOM
BSE532712
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2002[1]
Founder Anil Ambani
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served
India
Key people
Anil Ambani (President)
Vinod Sawhny(CEO)[2]
Revenue 220 billion (US$3.3 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
Subsidiaries Reliance Globalcom Limited
Reliance Big TV Limited
Reliance Telecom Limited
Reliance Infratel Limited
Reliance Global Call
Website www.rcom.co.in

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. Reliance Infocomm laid the largest Optic Fiber Cable network in the country in 2003 to 2005, approximately 135,000 km, and touched almost all top broadband cities with the help of their Franchisee's - Local Cable Operators (LCO's). On an average 1900 large LCO's were connected to the Reliance Infocomm network to provide Voice, Data and Video services known as Triple Play on IPTV platform. After the split of the Telecom business venture between Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani the telecom business was handed over to Anil Ambani, who later christened the company as "Reliance Communications Limited".

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 51% 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 4G
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana No Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Assam Yes No Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Bihar & Jharkhand No No Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Delhi Yes(under CDMA subsidary MTS) Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Gujarat No Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Haryana Yes Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Himachal Pradesh Yes Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Jammu and Kashmir Yes Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Karnataka Yes Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Kerala Yes Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Kolkata No Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Yes Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Maharashtra & Goa No Yes No Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Mumbai No Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
North-East Yes Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Odisha No Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Punjab No Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Rajasthan Yes Yes Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Tamil Nadu Yes Yes Yes(under 3G ICR with Aircel) Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
West Bengal Yes No Yes Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Uttar Pradesh (East) No Yes Yes(under 3G ICR with Aircel) Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)
Uttar Pradesh (West) Yes(under CDMA subsidiary MTS) Yes Yes(under 3G ICR with Tata Docomo) Yes(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Subsidiaries[edit]

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. Reliance Global Call offers international calling card service in India, US, Canada, Australia, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Ireland and Netherlands

References[edit]

  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). Rcom.co.in. 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". TechIt.in. 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.