Vodafone group CEO meets PM Modi; Commits Rs 13,000 crore investment in India

India’s second-largest telecom operator Vodafone will invest Rs 13,000 crores (£ 1.3 billion) for capacity augmentation, new business initiatives in the country and also for government’s Digital India and Make in India programs.

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In a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London, Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Plc’s CEO, committed this investment. Vodafone also reiterated its commitment to support government’s Digital India and Make in India initiatives.

Out of the total investment, Rs 8,000 crores (£ 800 million) will go under Digital India for enhancement, upgradation and expansion of network coverage
Under Make in India, Rs 3,000 crores (£ 300 million) will be utilized for further increase capacity and upgradation of its high-end technology centre and IT and customer experience centres in Pune and Ahmedabad.

These service centers will exemplify the “Make in India” opportunity globally, the company says.

It would invest Rs 1,000 crores (£ 100 million) for setting up a state-of-the-art Tier-4 data centre, which would be first of its kind in the Indian telecom sector and is specially designed to service the evolving communications needs of businesses and enterprises.
Under financial inclusion program, Rs 1,000 crores (£ 100 million) will be utilized towards the payment bank for which Vodafone M-Pesa has received an in-principle license from RBI.

Since starting operations in India in 2007, Vodafone has claimed to made an investment of over Rs 1,11,000 crores and contributed over Rs 1,00,000 crores to the exchequer and is today the largest FDI investor in the country.

Colao said, “At Vodafone, we are enthused with the PM’s vision for ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’. Vodafone India serves over 188 million citizens, of which almost 100 million are from rural areas. As the co-creator of the telecom ecosystem, a catalyst of the telecom revolution in India and being committed for the long term, we are ideally poised to partner the Government of India in fulfilling these important initiatives. We are pleased to announce our enhanced commitment to India through this series of significant further investments.”

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Madhan Kumar
November 13, 2015 8:42 pm 8:42 PM

Today I am extremely happy & proud that I made my frnd to do MNP(approx 7 days) from Vodafone prepaid(Bangalore) to Rcdma postpaid(Hosur,T.N) now he got Rs 650 Real Unlimited Evdo Data,Unlimited Sms & Unlimited Calls(there are restrictions for calls check Rcom website for terms and conditions) Postpaid Plan Offer for a continuous period of 1 yr as an MNP offer & even made him order MTS UNLOCKED HUAWEI EC315 Wi-fi Dongle from EBay,he just blindly went after I said that such an amazing plan is available in Rcdma.

Madhan Kumar
November 13, 2015 8:25 pm 8:25 PM

Invest 13,000 crores in India and get back 13,000000000000…. Crores back to London!

November 14, 2015 5:32 pm 5:32 PM

And we will give 20-35% of it to Mr Prasad just to keep him happy hehehehe!!!

November 13, 2015 8:40 pm 8:40 PM

Really that’s so not true ofcourse they will get profit but we will get more employment and taxes as well as better quality (not so sure about that yet). And after jio launches someone has to keep up with them. I hope it is Vodafone and they decrease price. Airtel has no source to give more investment. And facing it 13000 crores isn’t much when jio invested 1lakh crore

Madhan Kumar
November 14, 2015 5:03 pm 5:03 PM

Let’s see Sajid!

November 13, 2015 4:25 pm 4:25 PM

Whoa!! Such an orgasmic news for Vodafone’s sheep..!!
With this move their postpaid menace will rise .. They will also invest in brainwashing their prepaid, new and MNP customers which they kept secret, to take postpaid and unethically make double digit profit..
It’s more like Make in India and send to London(obviously profit not their useless sheep)..

Sanjit Roy
November 13, 2015 7:43 pm 7:43 PM

Atleast they care for their customers not like your pet bharti airtel which only believes to loot their own countrymen as much as possible and regularly ignoring the grievances of their customers. Now if you are worried about that, vodafone will send the profits to UK then first you should stop using chinese products. I must tell you your logic is totally outdated as well as leftist and these leftist destroyed many industries and factories across Bengal. So now West Bengal is Waste Bengal.

Madhan Kumar
November 13, 2015 8:30 pm 8:30 PM

I will support Amazon inspite of being a foreign company for it’s genuinity and Great CSC & no qns asked whatsoever return policy wen compared to Fraud Flopkart but I wouldn’t ever support Vodafone or Avoid grp who are the real reason for this huge traffic hikes from the past two to three years!

November 13, 2015 6:29 pm 6:29 PM

hehe . mardala mardala ..