Rcom to set up 26,000 towers by year-end

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) Reliance Communications (RCOM), country's second-largest wireless operator, today said it will set up 26,000 mobile towers across the country by the year-end.

With this expansion, Anil Ambani-owned RCOM subscribers can look forward to seamless connectivity in 85 per cent of the entire rail and road network of the country, company's CEO (Delhi and Haryana) Sajive Kanwar told reporters here.

As part of this augmentation, 80 more towers are being added in the national capital alone, Mr Kanwar said.

Recently, RCOM had announced plans to spend in the range of four billion to five billion dollars on network expansion, especially in rural areas.

The RCOM network will cover 900 million people and 23,000 towns across the country. The network now covers 60 per cent of India's 1.1 billion population in more than 10,000 towns and 300,000 villages.

RCOM today launched its Classic 732 ultra budget hansets priced at Rs 999, setting a stage for price war at the entry-level colour handset market in the country.

The 'Classic 732', RCom claims, is the first colour handset to be made available in the country at such a low price.

The phone features a large phone book, SMS on call reject and speaker phone.

RCom had previously launched Classic monochrome handsets, priced at Rs 777 per piece.

''This special price of Rs 999 also comes at a time when we celebrate the joy of reaching 10 million Classic handsets sales - a first for any Indian operator,'' company's President (Personal Business) S P Shukla said.

Reliance Mobile Classic range of handsets have crossed sales of 10 million units since the launch.


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