Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is in talks with Reliance Jio for renting out its tower infrastructure across the country. BSNL has over 61,000 towers which is the second largest tower portfolio among all telecom companies.
Speaking with media, Anupam Shrivastava, Director (Consumer Mobility) of BSNL, said, “The talks with Reliance Jio are in final stages. We have offered them a bulk deal whereby if they buy space on certain number of our towers we will give discounted rate.”
Shrivastava added that under the agreement that’s being discussed Reliance Jio can build towers wherever BSNL does not have presence for which the State-run telecom company will pay a monthly fee. “This way we can expand our network also and use the towers built by Reliance Jio,” he said.
Reliance Jio has already done multiple tower deals with Reliance Communications, Viom Networks, American Tower Corporation and Bharti Airtel.
Shrivastava, who has been selected to take over as the next Chairman and Managing Director of the public sector unit fr0m July 1, said that BSNL has missed out an opportunity to become an infrastructure provider to private players.