India’s telecom tower infrastructure company, Bharti Infratel has said that it has requested Vodafone and Idea Cellular to buy their mobile towers in seven out of 22 telecom circles in the country .
“I have made it very clear to Vodafone and Idea Cellular that we are interested in buying their towers in seven circles where Bharti Infratel is sole operator and Indus doesn’t operate,” said Akhil Gupta, Infratel Executive Chairman.
He further said that we are waiting for them to come back. If at all they are ready we will be certainly pursuing the matter.
In the mean time, the company has over 36,381 standalone mobile towers spread across 18 states under 11 telecom circles. On the other hand, the company also has a 42 per cent stake in Indus Towers— joint venture between Bharti Infratel, Vodafone and Aditya Birla Telecom.
At Present, the company has no overlapping business with Indus in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam and North Eastern states. These states jointly come under seven telecom circles.