Airtel – Loop Mobile deal has not violated any rules: DoT rejects TRAI’s objection

airtel-loopRecently TRAI has written to DoT saying the agreement between loop and airtel implies that subscribers will be port out involuntarily which was against MNP rules offering voluntary porting and objected the deal.

ET reports citing an official on anonymity ” TRAI  was factually incorrect in saying that Airtel was acquiring any resources of the government. Loop’s licence and corresponding rights to use spectrum are soon expiring, so Airtel is not really acquiring any resources of the government”  .

As of now Airtel is waiting for regulatory approvals before going ahead with the closure of the deal end of the day the deal will only help loop customers who can start using 3G and 4G services offered by Airtel. This merger will also help Airtel to emerge stronger in Mumbai with over 7 million subscribers. Loop, which enjoys highest ARPU in the circle and 30% postpaid customer base has only 44.36% active subscribers, which is second lowest in the market.

Now only time will tell when the deal gets regulatory approvals.

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July 1, 2014 2:37 pm 2:37 PM
if we go by trai stand then all Hutch customers got involuntarily ported to voda in past. now when we have mnp rules all these customers should be asked to fill in forms again. i am fed up with this stupid indian govt departments who are run by idiot people. oh no not people they are bloody shits who are filled with a crap mind and think about shit all day. on the other hand, the CAG or Crappy Asylum of Government spreading shit everywhere by saying cancel rjio license. they think everything done in India in last 60 years… Read more »
harman sidhu
July 1, 2014 5:30 pm 5:30 PM

plz have complete knowledge before you start posting, voda bought hutch and also its licenses and the subscribers by informing the govt. and so no porting took place, in LOOP – Airtel case the license of loop is going to expire and so will the subscribers and hence the porting thing.