RCom set to merge its tower biz with GLT Infra

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RCom set to merge its tower biz with GLT Infra
Mumbai, Jun 28: Reliance Communications (RCom) is set to merge its tower business with GTL Infrastructure to give birth to the world's largest telecom infrastructure company, which will not be controlled by a telecom operator.

Reliance Infratel, the tower arm of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), will be merging its Rs 50,000 crore ($11 billion) with GTL Infrastructure in a cash and stock deal.

The deal also sets record as the largest merger and acquisition in India.

Reliance Communications announced the deal on Sunday, Jun 27. However, the likelihood of a deal between Reliance and GTL had earlier been reported in a leading business publication in the beginning of Jun 2010.

With the boards of Anil Ambani-promoted RCOM and its subsidiary, Reliance Infratel, and GTL Infrastructure approving the deal, the next step would be implementation through a demerger of Rel Infratel's tower assets into GTL Infra.

Earlier in Jan 2010, GTL Infrastructure (GTL Infra), a company promoted by Manoj Tirodkar, grabbed Aircel"s 17,500-tower portfolio.

Responding to the news, Reliance Communications surged 4.62 per cent to Rs 201.40 in early trade (at 9:15 am).

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