Reliance Communications

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Reliance Communications Ltd.
Public company
Traded as NSERCOM
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2002[1]
Founder Anil Ambani
Headquarters Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, India
Area served
Key people
Anil Ambani (President)
Gurdeep Singh (CEO)[2]
Revenue 218 billion (US$3.4 billion) (2013)[3]
6.72 billion (US$100 million) (2013)[3]
Total assets 902 billion (US$14 billion) (2013)[3]
Members 109.80 million[4] (April 2015)
Number of employees
18,070 (2013)[3]
Parent Reliance Group
Subsidiaries Reliance Globalcom Limited
Reliance Big TV Limited(Reliance Telecom Limited) (Reliance Infratel Limited)

Reliance Communications Ltd. (commonly called RCOM) is an Indian Internet access and telecommunications company headquartered in Navi Mumbai, India. Reliance Communications is the fourth largest telecom operator in India with 109.80 million subscribers as of April 2015.[4] Established in 2002, it is a subsidiary of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

Mobile services[edit]

In the 2010 spectrum auction, 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.[5] RCOM offers 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 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]


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 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 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.

Net neutrality[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Net neutrality in India.

In August 2014, TRAI rejected a proposal from telecom companies to make messaging application firms share part of their revenue with the carriers or the government.[10] During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Reliance provided free access to Twitter to follow the all action of tournament. On 10 February 2015, Facebook launched in India with Reliance Communications. It aims to provide free access[11] to 38 websites through an app. Only Bing was made available as the search engine.[12] Sunil Mittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel, criticized the concept and said, "If you are going to make the data free, then let's do completely philanthropic projects. Government must make spectrum free, there should be free network, but it is not happening."[13] Violations of net neutrality have been common in India. Reliance's free access to Twitter was also seen as against net neutrality.[14] On 27 March 2015, TRAI released a consultation paper on over-the-top services (OTT) and net neutrality for public feedback.[15] TRAI could recommend blocking of in view of net neutrality. [16]


  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, January 2015" (PDF). TRAI. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 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. 
  10. ^ "Trai rejects telcos' proposal to charge fee on popular services like WhatsApp, Viber and Skype". The Economic Times. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Union minister Ravi Prasad tweets about net neutrality, says committee to look into matter". DNA India. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Facebook launches in India". The Hindu. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Want to Free Internet? Do Philanthropy: Mittal to Zuckerberg". NDTV. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Amrita Madhukalya (19 April 2015). "Net Neutrality: Whose internet is it anyway?". DNA India. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "TRAI seeks views on net-neutrality". The Hindu. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "GOI might block zero rating plans". Retrieved 30 June 2015.