Vodafone-Idea Merger Delayed Not Because of DoT: Manoj Sinha

Manoj Sinha in an official statement has remarked that there is no delay being imposed on the Vodafone-Idea merger from the government’s side. The Telecom Minister said that the Department of Telecommunications wasn’t the authority responsible for the delay in the consolidation of two entities and that it was only a matter of few formalities after which the merger would be finalised.

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In an industry event held in New Delhi, Manoj Sinha said “There is no delay from the department or the government’s side. The completion of statutory process and formalities are important” reports Economictimes.

Despite making the statement, Manoj Sinha clearly said that in case the formalities were not completed then the DoT wouldn’t be in a position to grant clearance to the merger.

It was after Reliance Jio stepped into the market in September 2016, when Idea Cellular and Vodafone India decided to merge their operations to increase their stronghold in the country.

He further added to his statement “The merger and acquisitions norms were fixed by the Department of Telecommunications and if those are completed, there will be no delay of even a second from the department.”

It was his thought that the merger would obtain clearance very quickly once both the telecom companies complete the prerequisites.

The merger which was to be finalised by the end of June 2018 has been stuck on the last stage because the DoT has decided to raise a demand of Rs 4,700 crore for one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) against Vodafone India which the telco supposedly owes to the government. In addition to the OTSC charges which the DoT is demanding from Vodafone, the department is also seeking bank guarantees of around Rs 2,100 crore.

It is noteworthy, the company Vodafone India came into existence in the year 2015 when its four subsidiaries— Vodafone East, Vodafone South, Vodafone Cellular and Vodafone Digilink went through a merger to form the company which is now known as Vodafone India.

In total, the demand which has been raised by the government is pegged to be around Rs 6,678 core out of which Vodafone India has only paid Rs 2,000 crore following the verdict by Supreme Court.

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Kirti Khurana
July 4, 2018 5:22 pm 5:22 PM

Does idea/ Vodafone has any strong holding except 2G in MP, MH & Gujarat ?

Kaushik IMA
July 4, 2018 6:21 pm 6:21 PM

Combined holding is actually quite strong in a lot of circles (mostly western and central zone).

Kirti Khurana
July 4, 2018 7:03 pm 7:03 PM

Yeh, they have some good spectrum in B8 & B3 but its onto them, how they call the shots after full merger.

Kirti Khurana
July 4, 2018 5:23 pm 5:23 PM

Also a funny fact about their chest thumping VoLTE launch in all circle, Idea didn’t even has support for VoLTE on a dozen phones. LOL

Kaushik IMA
July 4, 2018 6:22 pm 6:22 PM

All the operators failed for VoLTE other than Jio.

Airtel VoLTE is still MIA in many areas and many phones though “officially” supported.

Airtel VoLTE also only works in home circle for now, if you roam you get booted out into non-VoLTE network.

Airtel was similarly slow with handset support so I don’t blame anybody.

Kirti Khurana
July 4, 2018 7:02 pm 7:02 PM

Airtel Can flip the switch & it can have VoLTE everywhere by tomorrow, BUT calls are no joke, they’re taking their time before thing get settled.

July 4, 2018 4:03 pm 4:03 PM

As per my opinion Airtel holds more spectrum in band- 3, 40 pan India …but Jio hold equal to it ..and Jio giving volte problem again …was thinking to switch to Airtel but my phone supports only band 3,5,40 instead Airtel have band 3,40 in 4G…Only in buildings Jio coverage becomes lower

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 4, 2018 5:16 pm 5:16 PM

Get Vodafone.

KANAGA DEEPAN N, Sivakasi (T.N.)
July 4, 2018 12:19 pm 12:19 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble, our Mumbai Pune Wala Nikhil bhai. Voda has started 20MHz of Band41 in few areas of Nagpur. It’s coverage is very bad as expected, even comparing band 40 coverage of airtel there. Signal was available for more than 1 month afaik. What was unbelievable is the speed is also not good even during that night time, with very few using band 41 phones. I checked the speed using my phone Samsung c9 pro which supports band 41 as well as 2ca in NGP railway station. On the same place airtel is giving 7 to 8… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 4, 2018 3:25 pm 3:25 PM

What about Idea in both AP and Nagpur?

Stephen (Airtel|Idea)
July 4, 2018 2:49 pm 2:49 PM

Thanks for sharing. Probably it’s not optimised or you are too far from the cell site. Though if this is not that case, then it sucks. Vodea should have gone with 20Mhz B40 pan India instead of B41.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 4, 2018 4:06 pm 4:06 PM

There is not much difference between band 40 and band 41. Both have same capacity and same range. Vodafone provides excellent speeds on band 41 in Mumbai,even though it is deployed in some of the sites.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 4, 2018 2:35 pm 2:35 PM

And I hope you stay in TN. I also Hope limited spctrum from Jio and Airtel serves well for TN customers.

Kirti Khurana
July 4, 2018 1:48 pm 1:48 PM

It need optimisation, there is nothing in this world immature regarding telecom bands.
For coverage save your frustration for 5G, which will be coming in 5 years most probably.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 4, 2018 1:35 pm 1:35 PM

+1 for sharing your experience.