Vodafone Idea Merger: Bharti Infratel Said to Take an Annual Hit of Rs 780 Crore

Bharti Infratel, the telecom arm of Bharti Airtel has said that its consolidated revenue, including that from Indus Towers, is expected to take a hit of around Rs 780 crore on an annual basis, thanks to the exit of Vodafone and Idea Cellular from co-located mobile towers. Following the completion of Vodafone-Idea merger, the companies have served exit notices to Bharti Infratel and its subsidiary Indus Towers from 27,447 co-located mobile towers on a consolidated basis.


“The aforesaid co-locations contribute to 13.7% of the total co-locations basis as on June 30, 2018. This is likely to result in a net reduction of consolidated service revenue of approximately Rs 60-65 crores per month with effect from September 1, 2018,” Bharti Infratel said in a regulatory filing, as reported by PTI.

It added that the adverse impact on revenue would be mitigated by exit charges and incremental revenues on account of anticipated new network rollouts by the operators going forward. Bharti Infratel and Vodafone own around 42% stake each in Indus Towers and rest of the stake is held by Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular.

Vodafone and Idea have merged their mobile businesses and now they are in the process of consolidating assets to trim operational and capital expenses. In other news, Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers announced a merger to form the largest telecom tower company outside China.

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Chetan | Bengaluru
September 7, 2018 12:18 pm 12:18 PM
OFFTOPIC: Yesterday went to Reliance digital store to convert Jio prepaid to postpaid. Process completed in 2 min. The moment executive submitted the request on his mobile device, immediately received message on confirmation and signal went off. Restarted the phone in 5 min and bang the postpaid account was active. And no need to change sim card too… Such seamless process, hatsoff to expats guys who build the process… Not sure how much it takes in Vodafone and Airtel…. Another thing, i never see que of customers in RD stores, is it because the process is fast and seamless? Even… Read more »
Aniruddha Dhar|Santragachi|West Bengal
September 9, 2018 12:58 am 12:58 AM

Yes these things along with transparency in billing and recharge options and voice call clarity is what keeping me with jio despite tremendous data speed issues.

Priyansh Singh
September 8, 2018 8:28 am 8:28 AM

“Everybody can manage with online customer care”

Bhai how can you say this, RD might be an uncrowded one but see their Social Media Pages.

Flooded with Complaints and No resolution of them. Well at least in my case they haven’t resolved any query till now.

Chetan | Bangalore
September 8, 2018 11:00 pm 11:00 PM

Sorry my bad @priyansh, yes RD stores do not have que but jio centres have … so could be my misconception. Yes jio online care is flooded with complaints but of which issues??? Slow speed Right?? Obviously that is what all operators are suffering .. but avoid complaints are more on wrong balance deduction, unwanted pack activation, no coverage, signal went off suddenly as operators switched off tower. These things are not acceptable. Jio doesn’t have even single such complaint….

Priyansh Singh
September 10, 2018 8:23 am 8:23 AM


Kaushik IMA
September 7, 2018 11:03 pm 11:03 PM

Yes. I have also seen seamless and fast activation from Jio.

Bought a JioFi with a friend, the SIM was active in an hour. Can’t beat this.

Aamit, Hooghly|Kolkata
September 6, 2018 3:33 pm 3:33 PM

I don’t know what will be the future of Vodafone Idea Limited. After the merger they are trying to build up an image like “Cheer dunga, faad dunga, doodh ki jagah kheer dunga” but in reality I think it’s not going to be like that at all.

Abhishek UPE
September 6, 2018 7:59 pm 7:59 PM

what about world’s true 4g network Jio.. giving 0.17 Mbps .. LoL

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 7, 2018 1:09 am 1:09 AM

The condition of Jio 4G is like superior 2G or inferior 3G in Mumbai right now. It’s still usable and I hope it will improve after the harmonisation of band 5 spectrum and addition of spectrum in band 3/40.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 7, 2018 1:07 am 1:07 AM

It’s not going before 2020 March.

Sayak Roy - Kolkata
September 7, 2018 9:02 am 9:02 AM

I don’t have a screenshot but I just saw band 41 on Vodafone the other day, and speeds look promising! I don’t know the exact speeds but a 30mb file barely took 2 seconds to download! Now that keeps up my hope in Vodafone Idea.

September 6, 2018 11:48 pm 11:48 PM

Might be at your location ,at my location, enjoying more then 20Mbps.

Chetan | Bangalore
September 6, 2018 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

@Abhishek, let’s understand that UP East and west is one of the biggest state India has got… All networks are choked there not only Jio… And one should understand how folks in UP sucked up Jio free offer and continued to do so with dirt cheap rates. No other state abuses telcos like UP and Bihar . Lastly no offense to people of these state but it is due to bulk customers I meant…

Abhishek UPE
September 7, 2018 11:33 am 11:33 AM

Vodafone and Airtel is still usable in most parts of the UP East.. but jio .. Jio tower is hardly 100 meters away from my house while vodafone and airtel towers are more than 300 meters away..Voda/Airtel has 2 towers each while jio has 3 towers in my area.. look at the screenshot which is taken from the deepest room of my house during peak hours..

Priyansh Singh
September 8, 2018 8:26 am 8:26 AM

As for UP West, Airtel & Idea does the same. Forget Jio.

Chetan | Bangalore
September 7, 2018 10:08 pm 10:08 PM

@Abhishek, packet loss 70% ?. With this you certainly cannot have good FaceTime or Whatsapp call

September 7, 2018 5:28 am 5:28 AM

Which is why it surprises me that Bihar is the circle having the highest speed on Jio network according to TRAI MySpeed stats.

Aamit, Hooghly|Kolkata
September 6, 2018 3:25 pm 3:25 PM

So this means, number of towers decreased and load on the remaining towers increased which will result slow speed.

Chetan | Bengaluru
September 6, 2018 7:21 pm 7:21 PM

Exactly, Duplicate Idea towers to be shutdown in urban areas and in rural Vodafone …. Now if you roam in rural areas with Vodafone sim then you will receive Idea signal… Load factor will be compensated with additional telecom equipment removed from duplicate site. It will be basically re used to enhance capacity on existing sites…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 7, 2018 1:10 am 1:10 AM


Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 7, 2018 1:10 am 1:10 AM

It will improve coverage of capacity?

September 6, 2018 7:08 pm 7:08 PM

No it you read correctly they are closing tower in common area

Chetan | Bangalore
September 6, 2018 10:29 pm 10:29 PM
@ashish, with ATC whom they sold their individual sites, JV plans to rationalise another 6000 sites which were individually owned pre merger. Pre merger idea had some 10k sites and Vodafone 11k .. that is the reason people in rural area are complaint no signal as idea wiped out its site which it sold to ATC . Vodafone too did in August in places like Pune, Mumbai . People in Mumbai and Delhi, Gurgaon are complaining that since 2 days, 4 , 5 days signal disappeared and customer care is not responding.. so basically they don’t know that signal may… Read more »