Idea Cellular Will Be Called Vodafone Idea Post Merger

The merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India is expected to receive the final leg of regulatory approval from the Department of Telecom (DoT). The third-largest telco, Idea, today called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on June 26. During the EGM, the Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned telco will reportedly change its name from Idea Cellular Limited to Vodafone Idea Limited. The EGM is set for June 26, and during the same meeting, the telco is expected to raise Rs 15,000 crore funds via non-convertible debentures. This news was filed by Idea in a regulatory filing today, in which it stated the news of the name change and fundraising.

Vodafone Idea

As reported by ET, the name change will not come as a massive news because this was expected to happen at some point of time, once the merger completes. It was confirmed by Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan that the merger is expected to receive approval from DoT by the end of June 2018 and we have already entered the final phase.

Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania also confirmed recently that both the firms are expecting the merger completion in the first half of the calendar year 2018. Both the companies have already sent out emails to the customers stating that the merger will enhance the user experience to them as the merged entity will become the country’s largest telco will close to 440 million subscribers and highest revenue market share.

The new entity Vodafone Idea Limited will have 270,000 GSM sites and close to 300,000 3G, 4G sites, which will help them to offer better services than earlier. However, the merger will be a good sight for the consumers, while it’s not a good sight for the employees as the telcos are expected to lay off more than 5000 employees after the merger completion.

For the unaware, the merger has already received necessary approvals from capital markets regulator, National Company Law Tribunal and Competition Commission of India. DoT is likely to give the green signal during the second week of June.

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Kaushik kolkata
June 4, 2018 12:12 am 12:12 AM

Idea cellular will be Vodafone idea.
But what will be new name of Vodafone india.
Or vodafone ceases to exist.

June 4, 2018 11:28 am 11:28 AM

@Kaushik Vodafone India as a legal entity will cease to exist.

June 3, 2018 5:16 pm 5:16 PM
Hey guys wanted to share my experience about 4G Lte speeds on Iphone X and android device like Pixel 2 XL. Before i tell my experience, i would like to mention how these two phone behave since both have different proc(Pixel 2Xl running SD 835 & Iphone on ARM based A11 Soc). Iphone is more tuned to latch to higher bandwidth band like Band 40 and SD835 is programmed to latch on band which has higher signal strength.. Even antenna architecture is different on both phones(Iphone has significantly weaker antenna design leading to signal loss). On Airtel network to begin… Read more »
kirti khurana
June 4, 2018 1:04 pm 1:04 PM
It depends on how OEM has configured the modem configurations, If you ever extract a modem configuration file you’d notices there are tons on configurations like band preference, power etc which CA would trigger first between the specific bands. If you wanna take full advantage of CA in India, Samsung flagships is the best choice, they have 4-5 seperate models for different regions, Apple phones are more like international units so do pixels, i wonder you got more speed on pixel than apple though Google itself isn’t a good choice outside US market. They turned away from their old Nexus… Read more »
June 4, 2018 7:26 pm 7:26 PM

@Kirti, Yes Apple and Pixel are more tuned to better band preference as per US operators. Verizon uses band 66 which is very efficient for in wall penetration and both Iphone and Pixel supports those bands with 4×4 mimo and CA with other bands.
And yes Samsung flagship are best suited for countries like Singapore china and India which have band 40, band 3 and band 1 implementation. Even Huawei too, excellent signal reception and clear sound quality..

kirti khurana
June 4, 2018 1:07 pm 1:07 PM

*Apple gives preference to us bands for ca configurations.

kirti khurana
June 4, 2018 1:10 pm 1:10 PM

*poor speed in India on phones, its not like apple lacks support for CA in it’s antenna or antenna itself is poor. than other flagships

Kaushik IMA
June 4, 2018 1:17 am 1:17 AM
The thing I am not 100% sure of is whether the band selection algorithm is SoC specific or device specific. We’d need 2 phones running SD835 to figure out whether an OEM has tweaked the way the phone latched to the carrier. I believe it’s possible since I have seen Oppo and Vivo issue updates for “network stability and coverage improvements”. What OEMs should do is offer a toggle switch for users to select between maximum bandwidth and highest coverage. This kind of toggle is actually quite common in wireless communications like WiFi and Bluetooth but is yet to make… Read more »
Vishal Chennai
June 3, 2018 10:48 pm 10:48 PM

And ofcourse in some phones which has poor antenna design holding the device in hand itself affects signal strength in this phones eg lyf 3000 rupees devices my friend personally experienced this

June 4, 2018 7:29 pm 7:29 PM

@Vishal, true , Also pls check US android authority, operators website blogs, tons of complaint about Iphone weak signal reception and samsung has been rated higher & recommended for weak coverage areas in US. Multiple users in US complains of call drops in weak coverage areas in iphone..

Vishal Chennai
June 3, 2018 10:30 pm 10:30 PM
Already many people are exploring this manual band selection techniques by rooting and using network signal guru and other secret codes. But ya your suggestion is also good it should be like LTE-FDD,LTE-TDD, OR LTE-FDD/LTE-TDD already many custom ROMS have this type of features eg Lineage OS else 850 only,1800 only or 2300 only or 850/1800/2300Mhz in preferred network type in network settings. But people often selects band 40 thinking that it will give good speeds which inturn leads to congestion of that band and poor battery life of mobile. For balance in coverage,speed 1800mhz is best And if one… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 3, 2018 10:09 pm 10:09 PM
Yes certainly!!!!!I will say do more research on antenna design rather than Band selection!!!!!I hope AVOID selects 4G only network after 2022 going forward!!!!! Whatever you did can you try on Huawei/Honor devices and let me know the experience!!!!!Honor View 10 and Honor 8(had the strongest reception for Airtel despite not being launched like Jio/4G only network in congested cities like Mumbai)!!!!!My cousins Huawei Mate 9 had same results all over the Mumbai six months back!!!!!That’s why try out Honor/Huawei devices with Airtel and share tge experience!!!!! Airtel is always good with Samsung devices,Vodafone in iPhones and Jio in Xiaomi… Read more »
Kaushik IMA
June 4, 2018 1:18 am 1:18 AM

Honor works well with idea as does oppo.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 4, 2018 3:28 am 3:28 AM

Haven’t tried Idea with Honor phones recently!!!!!My Idea SIM is sitting idle due to advanced recharges in Jio!!!!!Have tried it long ago in Honor 8 Pro!!!!!It was decent!!!!!Never liked Oppo and Vivo devices!!!!!Will never buy them!!!!! Will buy overpriced Samsung A and C series instead of Oppo and Vivo!!!!! I also feel One Plus has started chaging more for what they are offering!!!!! One Plus 3 and One Plus 5 were seriously overpriced for what tgey are offering!!!!!That’s why even one Plus stopped the tag of flagship killer!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 4, 2018 3:29 am 3:29 AM

Both Honor 8 Pro and Honor View 10 are excellent value for money devices!!!!!But I will still buy One Plus devices for custom rom support!!!!Amazing development for all four phones so far!!!!!

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
June 3, 2018 4:27 pm 4:27 PM

Once Jio gets Rcom assets, and VoId merge, there’s gonna be some money blowing spectrum auction. Lets see if there’s any bid for 5G spectrum. I feel 5G is approaching too soon, and they should’ve allowed 20 years for 4G to mature into gigabit LTE for all the operators. I have a feeling most of the mmWave frequencies will be free. Lets see what happens by the end of this year.