Idea Shareholders Approves the Proposed Merger of Vodafone-Idea

Idea Cellular’ shareholders have now approved the proposed merger of Vodafone and Idea, according to a regulatory filing of Aditya Birla group. In a meeting held on October 12, 2017, 99% of Idea shareholders gave a nod in favour of the merger.


This news was reported by Press Trust of India (PTI). Currently, both Vodafone and Idea Cellular are looking for approval from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on the merger, which will be followed by the approval from Department of Telecom (DoT). The merged entity of Vodafone and Idea will become India’s largest operator with highest market share. The proposed merger already received the nod from SEBI and CCI.

Right now, Vodafone and Idea are India’ second and third largest telecom operators with subscriber base close to 215 million and 190 million respectively. And the merged entity will have subscribers over 400 million, a highest for any operator. Bharti Airtel is the leading telecom operator in India at the moment with over 280 million subscribers under its belt.

Airtel recently merged with Tata Teleservices, and as per the agreement, the subscriber base of Tata Teleservices which is over 40 million will be moved to Airtel’s base, meaning that the subscriber base of Airtel will surpass 300 million. Also, Airtel will get Telenor’ subscriber base as well as per its merger with Telenor earlier this year.

In March 2017, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular announced a merger, which will create India’s leading operator worth more than $23 billion with a 35 percent market share. This merged entity will become a serious threat to Bharti Airtel, but with the recent merger with Tata Teleservices, Airtel is now up for the fight.

Under this merger, Vodafone India will get an implied enterprise value of Rs. 82,800 crores and Idea Rs. 72,200 crores. After the merger, Vodafone India will have 45.1% stake, whereas Idea Cellular will have 26 percent after paying Rs 3,874 crore cash for a 4.9 percent stake. And the remaining 28.9% will be held by other shareholders. The merger will be completed by March 2018. 

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October 16, 2017 3:07 pm 3:07 PM

Airtel recently merged with Tata?

October 16, 2017 2:00 pm 2:00 PM

The rumors are , merger will not go as planned.

October 16, 2017 3:34 pm 3:34 PM

Yes, I have been hearing this from my contacts inside Vodafone. There are certain issues related to payouts of spectrum and liabilities thereof.

October 16, 2017 7:42 pm 7:42 PM

I want to see this happen!!!!! If Vodafone wants to exit India, it should right now!!!!! Atleast Idea will use spectrum in most efficient way(by watching the progress Idea has made in its leadership circles) !!!!!! Also merger will keep check on Airtel!!!!! Most of the Tata Docomo customers are going towards Idea/Vodafone in Mumbai/Pune/Gujarat!!!!!!

October 16, 2017 11:12 pm 11:12 PM

Yes most of the Tata and rcom customers are moving towards idea and Vodafone in MPCG too.

October 16, 2017 5:42 pm 5:42 PM

If fail then Plan B too may be ready …Then if fails They will be looking for whom next ? If they removing towers in order to merger if deals fails Users will complain…

October 16, 2017 7:28 pm 7:28 PM

No I feel this merger will go through but it will get delayed a lot.

October 17, 2017 10:25 am 10:25 AM

If this is happening, this will be the same case like LOOP mobile – mumbai & airtel.

October 17, 2017 12:20 pm 12:20 PM

Main problem is Vodafone’s pending tax evasion case…..Though it may be worked around by doing reverse merger i.e. Vodafone “acquires” Idea.

October 16, 2017 1:10 pm 1:10 PM

When they surrender additional spectrum