Telenor, partners withdraw payments bank plans

Telenor Financial Services, IDFC Bank and Dilip Shanghvi have withdrawn their plan to form a payments bank venture in India, according to an official statement. The development could be an indication about Norway-based Telenor’s future plans for the Indian market. The company’s Indian unit hasn’t been able to grow lately due to limited spectrum holdings, and intense competition from incumbent telcos.

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The statement said that the decision will be communicated to Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The companies will not pursue the payment bank licence will not be pursued.

“From the day we signed the Letter of Intent, we have worked hard together with our partners to form a company which can meet the demand for basic banking services across India. We are thankful to both IDFC Bank and Dilip Shanghvi for their efforts throughout this process,” Tine Wollebekk, SVP and Head of Telenor Financial Services, said in a joint statement.

“Telenor Financial Services and IDFC Bank have rich experience from offering financial services and the intention of the JV was to combine our expertise to launch a robust payment bank service in India. Following the mutual decision to withdraw these plans, the payment bank license will not be pursued”, Dilip Shanghvi said on behalf of Dilip Shanghvi Family & Associates (DSA) in an official statement.

In September 2015, Dilip Shanghvi as lead applicant along with Telenor Financial Services and IDFC Bank was granted in-principle licence by RBI to form a payments bank in India.

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IDFC Bank’s founder MD and CEO, Rajiv Lall, said, “It was a good experience working with Telenor Financial Services and Dilip Shanghvi over the last year. We thank them for their support and look forward to future associations”, said Dr Rajiv Lall, Founder MD & CEO IDFC Bank.

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May 21, 2016 8:54 am 8:54 AM

Well said. The sooner these guys leave the country the better.

>> The development could be an indication about Norway-based Telenor’s future plans for the Indian market.

Love Airtel
May 21, 2016 5:23 pm 5:23 PM

Why are you against them? It is good to have competition. I feel bad for them as they invested in India as per rules and then had their license cancelled without any refund.

May 21, 2016 1:28 pm 1:28 PM

So that, your fraudtel has one less competition. Blind Bhakt of Airtel- looters

May 21, 2016 1:16 am 1:16 AM

Telenor plays with customer,they send sms recharge with 50 get 60+ tt,after recharge they didn’t provided the benefits,tweet to their twitter handle; they said this offer wasn’t available on ur number;
I tweeted u r fraud & chor company they blocked me over twitter
Never happen this kind of stuff with AVOID group.
Poor telenor though their plans are cheapest.

May 21, 2016 8:55 am 8:55 AM

Tanwar there is only one company you can trust in India.
For me, that is AIRTEL.
For others may be something else.

May 20, 2016 11:35 pm 11:35 PM

Soon, Telenor will be bought by Idea. This is the reason Idea cancelled the deal with Videocon.

May 21, 2016 8:56 am 8:56 AM

And where do you figure this out?

May 21, 2016 2:40 pm 2:40 PM

There was a news in Business World about Himanshu, CEO of Idea, allegedly visiting Norway and discussing about that.