Power Grid Corp. is India’s largest electricity transmission utility company. Most of the huge transmission towers that you see in India, there is a good chance that it has been set up by Power Grid. As part of its diversification plans, Power Grid decided to lease out its electricity transmission infrastructure to independent tower firms and telecom service providers in the month of September this year and in order to find out the feasibility of this project it also hired KPMG as a consultant.
It seems that the study by KPMG is over and the company (Power Grid) now says that 10 to 15 per cent of it’s transmission towers out of approximately 1,00,000 towers in India can be used for setting up telecom towers. This will also boost its bottomline without any new investment. The aim of the company is to leverage its transmission towers set up in remote and rural areas to provide telecom services in these areas.
In it’s recent endeavors, the company has already leased a project in Gangtok for the past a year and it has also been leasing bandwidth on its network to over 70 customers including Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Dishnet Wireless and Tata Communications.