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Reliance Communications is reworking a planned $1.7 billion stake sale in its tower assets after scrapping a proposed merger of its wireless arm with smaller rival Aircel, as its shares tumbled to an all-time low.
RCom, as the company is known, said it is in talks with Canada's Brookfield to sell all of its tower arm, instead of a 51 percent stake sale agreed previously, Business Standard and Hindu Business Line newspapers reported, citing Punit Garg, an executive director at the Indian telecoms carrier.
Brookfield, which was to pay 110 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) for the majority stake in RCom's tower arm, will revalue the assets after the Aircel deal was scrapped, Garg was quoted as saying by the newspapers.
Brookfield declined to comment on the status of its tower deal with RCom.
With $6.8 billion of debt, RCom is the most leveraged among listed Indian telcos. The company earlier this year won a temporary reprieve from creditor banks on its debt-servicing obligations citing the deals in the works.