You’re reading it here first: ContentSutra has learned from multiple sources that the Reliance ADA Group is working on a maps portal that they intend to launch within the next three months. There are around 8 people working on this project. The site will be called BIG Maps, and I just checked — that domain name has been registered by Nikhil Soman from Reliance Capital. More when we get more information on this.
ADA group company Reliance Communications does have maps of cities that they use for managing their tower and fibre-optic infrastructure, so that data can be used for maps. Apart from using this information for a portal, it could also be provided to Reliance Communications customers – remember MapMyIndia provides its map data to Airtel, Wayfinder and Yahoo. Others providing map information in India include Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps (harnessing data from users), Hyderabad based SatNav (in which BCCL has a stake) and CE Infosystems (funding from Nexus India Capital, KPCB and Sherpalo Ventures).