India's Reliance Industries, Reliance Comm strike $2.1 bln telecoms tower pact

NEW DELHI, June 7 Fri Jun 7, 2013 1:49am EDT

NEW DELHI, June 7 (Reuters) - Reliance Industries Ltd's telecommunications unit will lease up to 45,000 mobile masts from Reliance Communications Ltd in a deal valued at more than 120 billion rupees ($2.1 billion) over the lifetime of the contract, the Indian companies said on Friday.

Reliance Jio Infocomm, a unit of Reliance Industries, is rolling out a nationwide 4G network. The company won airwaves in 2010, but is yet to start commercial services.

Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, controls Reliance Industries, while Reliance Communications is controlled by his billionaire younger brother Anil Ambani. ($1 = 56.8900 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy and Prashant Mehra; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)