September 2nd, 2018 9:54 AM 128 COMMENTS

Sunday Talk: Will Things Change After the Vodafone Idea Merger?

The finalised merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone is the biggest M&A deal happening in the country right now. After being severely bogged down by the latest telecom entrant in the country, Reliance Jio, the British Vodafone Plc owned Indian wing, and the Kumar Mangalam Birla led telco decided to join their forces to tackle the increasing competition in the telecom sector. In the last few months only, we have... Read More

August 31st, 2018 12:13 PM 154 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Limited Becomes Operational: Everything You Need to Know from 4G Towers to Subscriber Base

After securing the last nod from NCLT, the merged entity of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, which is already named as Vodafone Idea Limited begins its operations in the country. The merged entity has confirmed that it will have over 408 million subscribers, Revenue Market Share of 32.2% with top position in 9 circles, over 3,40,000 (3G+4G) sites spread across the nation and much more. So it's now official that... Read More

August 21st, 2018 6:43 PM 1 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular Nirvana Postpaid Plans Bundling Calling, Data and Extra Benefits Explained

With the postpaid segment getting more and more competitive, Idea Cellular has made sure that its portfolio is fully armed with attractive postpaid offerings which its subscribers will like. These postpaid plans have made their place in Idea’s collection as the Nirvana plan, and they offer bundled benefits including data, calling, SMS and other attractive add-ons. Select plans under the Nirvana postpaid plans also come with data carryover facility along... Read More

August 3rd, 2018 5:53 PM 42 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular Comes Forward With Rs 595 Prepaid Plan Valid for 112 Days

In this time of bundled combo prepaid data plans, Idea Cellular has brought a new Rs 595 plan which perfectly balances a little bit of data and massive calling benefits for subscribers who primarily use voice calling. The plan which is valid for 112 days offers unlimited calling and SMS benefits to the users, and it also ships 10GB data for the entire validity period to the subscribers. With this... Read More

August 1st, 2018 11:16 AM 19 COMMENTS

Best Voice Oriented Prepaid Plans Under Rs 300 By Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular

After being dormant for weeks due its ongoing merger, Idea Cellular has finally launched a new plan of Rs 295 to compete better with the likes of Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. This new plan is Idea Cellular’s first step towards the growing competition post the merger. Let’s dive right in and see the best-prepaid plans being offered below the range of Rs 300 from Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular and... Read More

July 31st, 2018 7:18 PM 47 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular Adds 6.3 Million Subscribers During June 2018: COAI

Idea Cellular has added the highest number of subscribers during the month of June. The Aditya Birla Group-owned telco managed to grab 6.3 million new subscribers, which boosted its subscriber base to 220 million, just short of 2 million, compared to Vodafone's 222 million user base. Vodafone has added over 2.75 lakh subscribers, while Airtel has added a mere 10,689 subscribers during June 2018. However, Bharti Airtel is still the... Read More

July 30th, 2018 4:59 PM 31 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular ARPU Slumps to Rs 100 in Q1 FY19; An Average User Consumed 8GB Data Every Month

Idea Cellular has reported its performance report for the quarter ended on June 30, 2018. During the quarter, Idea Cellular has completed its VoLTE rollout across 20 circles where it has 4G services. At the same time, the telco has completed the sale of standalone towers to ATC-Enterprise, and the transaction value is Rs 40 billion. The merger of Idea-Vodafone also received approval from DoT during the quarter itself, and... Read More

July 26th, 2018 12:39 PM 24 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular Tries to Beat Competition With Rs 75 Plan Offering 1GB Data and 300 Minutes Calling

Idea Cellular has rolled out a new entry-level prepaid plan of Rs 75 providing voice calls, data and SMS benefits for 28 days. Following the footsteps of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Idea Cellular has come up with a new Rs 75 prepaid plan offering 300 minutes of voice calling, 1GB of 2G/3G/4G data and 100 SMS for 28 days. This plan has been introduced after Vodafone introducing the Rs 47 plan,... Read More

July 24th, 2018 10:19 AM 59 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Give in to DoT Demands of Bank Guarantees, Oblige By Paying Rs 7,268 Crore

As it was rumoured just a couple of days ago, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have cleared the Rs 7,268 crore dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to pave the way for the merger. Idea Cellular has submitted the bank guarantee of Rs 3,322 crore to DoT, while Vodafone India has cleared the dues of Rs 3,926 crore in cash. “Idea has submitted its compliance to the DoT’s conditional... Read More

July 19th, 2018 11:47 AM 4 COMMENTS

DoT Looking into Idea Vodafone Merger: Telecom Secretary

Vodafone and Idea on the way to their merger have hit a roadblock in the form of DoT’s demands which the department has raised for pending dues. Regarding this, Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary said that there is a difference of opinion between the companies and the department. She also said that the DoT is “looking into” the issue. During an event organised by CUTS International, Aruna Sundararajan said "They (the... Read More

July 18th, 2018 6:40 PM 42 COMMENTS

Good News! Vodafone-Idea Merger Will Not Be Delayed as Everyone Expected

After the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) did not take into consideration of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India’s demand of rethinking the estimate for repayment of dues, both the merging companies have decided to pay the remaining amount to the department under protest. People aware of the matter have also said that Vodafone and Idea might most likely contest the demand raised by DoT in the Supreme Court. It was decided... Read More

July 9th, 2018 6:14 PM 51 COMMENTS

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India Secures Merger Approval from DoT On Conditional Basis

The mega-merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular has finally received approval from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), although conditionally. DoT, which was earlier said to be seeking bank guarantee from Vodafone India has asked the merged entity to deposit an amount of Rs 3,911 crores and also asked to submit a bank guarantee of Rs 2,153 crores for the merger. Earlier, the merger approval from DoT was said to... Read More

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