Idea Cellular says planning to raise Rs 1,500 crore via NCD issue

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator by subscribers, Saturday informed the stock exchange that it is planning to raise Rs 1,500 crore by issuing Unsecured Redeemable Non-Convertible Debentures (“NCDs”) on private placement basis.

With this issue, the company may be aiming to bring down its borrowing costs with bank loans still remaining costlier, according to media reports, which added that it may raise another Rs 1,000 crore in due course through the same route.

The telecom operator said that it will sell these five-year corporate bonds at 7.57% interest, the company said in a notification to stock exchanges. The tenure of these bonds is five years with maturity date being December 13, 2021, the company said.

Idea Cellular earlier said that it will expand 4G services to nine circles to take their wireless broadband footprint to 20 circles by March next year. It plans to add nearly 57,000 sites this year to enable the launch of 4G in circles of UP West, UP East, Gujarat, Mumbai, Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir where spectrum was acquired in the auctions ended last month.


Idea’s 4G footprint, by the end of this year, will cover our key 20 circles contributing 94% of the company revenue and 90% of industry revenue, Himanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular, said.

Currently, Idea’s wireless broadband network is spread across 17 circles. The company plans to achieve a network of nearly 250,000 sites and optical fibre network of 1.41 lakh km this financial year.

Also read: Idea to roll out pan-India wireless broadband network in FY17

The telecom operator is planning to launch its Idea branded games in the current quarter and ‘Idea Movies & Music Services’ in future. It also plans to introduce live TV, digital magazines and newspaper subscription, video and audio chat, rich messaging and Voice over IP services in the next financial year.

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December 11, 2016 2:24 pm 2:24 PM

Idea 4g spectrum is very less. It may provide good coverage with its 1800mhz band across country but it will lack spectrum. Now we will see good speed and coverage but when jio offer will end and people will use idea network good coverage and awesome speed will collapse.
Their limited 2500mhz spectrum will not be able to provide coverage not sure what they will do.

December 14, 2016 10:23 am 10:23 AM

The idea is to offer 4G. Doesn’t matter if speed is 2-3 Mbps only…..most will not care about that. So Idea can manage.

Saket Kewate
December 11, 2016 7:09 am 7:09 AM

Idea started bleeding.

Now idea want all those 2g subscriber to move to idea 4g and skipping 3g.

December 14, 2016 10:24 am 10:24 AM

Nah, they want to offer 3G in rural areas and restrict 4G to urban and semi-urban areas. This way they can manage QoS on their limited spectrum. Very smart strategy actually.