Airtel – Loop Mobile Deal Hampered by DoT, What it means to Loop Customers ?

By September 30th, 2014 AT 12:15 PM

The Department of Telecom (DoT) could hamper the Airtel-Loop merger after all, as it will soon start sending out notices to Loop Mobile’s subscribers to switch to another operator before the company’s permit expires in November.


Bharti Airtel and Loop Mobile had signed a definitive agreement in June 2014, where Airtel would acquire Loop Mobile’s subscribers and assets for a rumoured Rs 700 crore price tag. However, the government fears that with the acquisition it will lose a chunk of easy money from number portability. Currently, when a user voluntarily ports their number from one operator to another, they are charged Rs 19 out of which one percent goes to the government. The government does not want to lose this money, if it allows Airtel to assimilate Loop Mobile’s subscribers. Note that Loop Mobile, which operates solely in Mumbai has three million users and Airtel has around four million users in Mumbai alone. The merger could have made Airtel the largest operator in Mumbai in terms of subscriber base.

There are two ways of looking at the hindrance caused by DoT. Airtel might have valued Loop Mobile taking its subscriber base into consideration, apart from its 25,000 cell site, essentially making the offer much more expensive for Airtel. If you look from DoT’s point of view, it if offering Loop Mobile’s subscribers a choice to port out to any other operator. I was one of the Loop Mobile subscriber to port out to Vodafone as soon as the news hit my ears. Having said that, considering the situation, Airtel could easily do a revaluation of the company for acquisition just based on its remaining assets.

PS: Airtel and Vodafone has already begun calling Loop Mobile subscribers to port number to their network.

Apurva is a tech enthusiast who loves her gadgets and talks about digital media usage. She is currently developing and works for an IT company.

Leave a Reply

Photo and Image Files
20 Comment threads
48 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
27 Comment authors
NAND KISHORE KAPOORKapilNirmalPrathamidea88 Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted

As loop is merged with airtel , i wish to know that how i will get refund of credit balance with loop as we don’t get the response from the phone number given on the bill


Finally i got official sms from loop mobile which is

“Dear Subscriber we will shortly conclude the arrangement for transferring all customers of Loop Mobile to Airtel. We thank you for your patience & support.

Recent Posts

India Witnessed Dip in Mobile Data Speeds, Registers Average Download Speed of 10.71 Mbps in April: Ookla

India witnessed a dip in mobile speeds in April 2019 with its rank remaining at 68th position in fixed broadband...

3 Reasons Why Trai is Compelled to Analyse the New Tariff Regime Again

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) brought the new regulatory framework into effect a few months back and although...

Apple iPhones in 2019 to Feature Full-Screen Touch ID and Triple Rear Cameras

This year’s iPhone models could feature full-screen touch ID among several changes, media reports said. The trio of high-end 2019...