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RELIANCE COMMUNICATIONS LTD. (RCOM) is an Indian telecommunications company headquartered in Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai
, India. It provides GSM
GSM
(Voice, 2G, 3G, 4G) mobile services, fixed line broadband and voice services, DTH depending upon the areas of operation. Reliance Communications is the sixth largest telecom operator in India
India
with 85.4 million subscribers as of May 2017. RCOM is a subsidiary of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Acquisition of MTS India * 1.2 Merger of wireless business with Aircel

* 2 Network coverage * 3 Ultraband

* 4 Subsidiaries

* 4.1 Reliance Digital TV Ltd * 4.2 Reliance Infratel Ltd. * 4.3 Global Cloud Xchange * 4.4 Reliance Global Call

* 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

Reliance Communications Ltd. was established in 2002. The same year, it launched CDMA services nationwide. In 2008, Reliance Communications launched GSM
GSM
services. In the 2010 spectrum auction , Reliance Communications paid ₹ 58,642.9 million for 3G spectrum in 13 circles Delhi
Delhi
, Mumbai
Mumbai
, Kolkata
Kolkata
, Punjab , Rajasthan
Rajasthan
, Madhya Pradesh , West Bengal , Himachal Pradesh , Bihar , Odisha , Assam
Assam
, North East and Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir
.

On 25 May 2012, RCom announced a price reduction of 51% on its 3G services. In 2011, Reliance provided up to 28 Mbit/s data rate in India
India
with its MIMO technology. On 31 January 2013, RCom announced its partnership with Lenovo
Lenovo
to market co-branded smartphones in India. The smartphones were said to use the Android operating system and have dual-core processors. In 2015, it launched CDMA in REV. B technology in non 3G circles.

In April 2016, RCom informed its CDMA subscribers that it would be shutting down its CDMA operations, and that all CDMA subscribers would be migrated to GSM
GSM
and LTE networks. The company announced that the migration had been completed in September 2016.

ACQUISITION OF MTS INDIA

On 14 January 2016, RCom announced that it had acquired Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), doing business as MTS India , in an all stock deal, in which SSTL received a 10% stake in RCom, after paying off its existing debt. RCom would assume the liability for installments that SSTL had to pay the government from purchasing spectrum. The liability amounted ₹392 crore annually for 10 years. As a result of the deal, Reliance acquired MTS India's subscribers, as well as SSTL's spectrum in the 850 MHz band.

The merger deal was approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in February 2016. SEBI cleared the deal by March, and SSTL shareholders approved the deal on 18 March. By mid-August, the deal was approved by tax authorities and the shareholders and creditors of RCom and SSTL. The merger was approved by the Rajasthan
Rajasthan
High Court on 30 September 2016, and the Bombay High Court on 7 October 2016. The merger is expected to be completed in 2017-18. In April, RCom laid off 600 employees in preparation for its merger with MTS and Aircel.

MERGER OF WIRELESS BUSINESS WITH AIRCEL

On 14 September 2016, RCom and Maxis Communications
Maxis Communications
(owners of Aircel ) announced that they would merge their mobile network operations. The deal is the largest consolidation in Indian telecom history, and will create the fourth largest mobile network operator in the country by subscribers and by revenue. RCom and Maxis, each will hold 50% stake in the merged entity, with equal representation on the board of directors and all committees. RCom will continue to operate in the enterprise segment and data centre businesses as a standalone entity.

RCOM announced on 15 March 2017 that it had received approval for the deal from SEBI, BSE and NSE. The deal was approved by the CCI on 20 March 2017. The shareholders of Aircel and RCom approved the merger on 22 and 24 April 2017 respectively. The merger is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

NETWORK COVERAGE

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

TELECOM CIRCLE 2G 3G 4G

Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
& Telangana
Telangana

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Assam
Assam

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Bihar & Jharkhand

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Delhi
Delhi

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Gujarat
Gujarat

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Haryana

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Himachal Pradesh

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Jammu and Kashmir

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Karnataka
Karnataka

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Kerala
Kerala

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Kolkata
Kolkata

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

(under 4G partner with Reliance Jio)

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Lenovo
to offer co-branded Jelly Bean smartphones to consumers". TechIt.in. 1 February 2013. * ^ "RCom kicks off migration process; to upgrade CDMA subscribers to 4G LTE network". 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2016-09-14. * ^ " Reliance Communications Posts Nearly 6% Rise In Q1 Profit - NDTV". Retrieved 2016-09-14. * ^ " Reliance Communications acquires Sistema\'s MTS India in all-stock deal". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 2016-09-06. * ^ " Relian