India's Reliance Infratel has signed an infrastructure-sharing deal with new carrier S Tel worth up to 10 billion rupees ($204.7 million) over 10 years.
Under the arrangement S Tel will used Reliance's network to offer mobile services in six telecom circles. Reliance will also provide fiber backbone access for intercity connectivity.
S Tel, 49% owned by Bahrain’s Batelco, plans to launch mobile services in Orissa, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, North East, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir by the end of the year.
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Reliance Infratel, 95%-owned by Reliance Communications, also recently signed a 100 billion rupee network sharing deal with Etisalat DB Telecom.
Reliance plans to take Infratel public once market conditions become more favorable, and is in the meantime looking to sell a 5%-10% stake to a strategic investor.