Vodafone and Idea Cellular Merger Will Help in Early Stabilisation of the Sector: Aruna Sundararajan

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are all set for the mega-merger which will create the country’s largest telecom operator beating Bharti Airtel. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary has stated that the merger between the country’ second and third largest telcos will “help in the early stabilisation of the sector.’ Speaking with ET, she stated that the government’s current aim is to improve the ease of doing business in the country, which is the reason why the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) was able to grant the approval of Idea Cellular’s 100% FDI request “fairly quickly.” We have been working in concert with DIPP and all other organisations, to ensure that we speed up matters as part of the ease of doing business,” the secretary said. For the unaware, DoT recently cleared Idea’s proposal of raising 100% FDI, which was proposed last month itself.

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“Since the FIPB is no longer there, we have a new procedure. I think we have been able to do it fairly quickly. We hope that this (Idea-Vodafone merger) will help in the early stabilisation of the sector,” Sundararajan added on clearing the FDI request.

The merger is now awaiting the approval from DoT, which is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks as the telcos are expecting merger closure by the end of June 2018. The merged entity will begin the operations with close to Rs 63,000 crore as revenue, over 430 million subscriber base, 37% market share and 42% customer market share. Until now, Bharti Airtel has been the leader of India’s telecom market, but the merged entity will have over 100 million more subscribers than Airtel.

The Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned telco recently filed that Idea Cellular will become Vodafone Idea Limited. Idea Cellular is also planning to raise Rs 15,000 crore, which will help the merged entity. The telcos already announced that the management team and says ‘Future is Exciting’ for the consumers.

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Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 9, 2018 6:25 pm 6:25 PM

Idea/Vodafone must deploy band 41 wherever they have!!!!! They should free up 3G,spectrum based on 2100 Mhz and grab up some more spectrum in Band 3/1/41!!!!!They should then deploy VoLTE in upcoming all devices from Xiaomi and Honor(in budget segment) !!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 9, 2018 6:26 pm 6:26 PM

I am talking about this financial year after merger till Diwali!!!!!

June 7, 2018 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

‘Ease of doing business’? Didn’t they try to block Telenor/AirTel merger until AirTel got a favourable judgement from TDSAT? Looks like the ministers are into election mode already!!

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 8, 2018 1:38 am 1:38 AM

Being a Chinese, you really don’t know how our bureaucracy was before, do you?

June 8, 2018 8:42 pm 8:42 PM

@GG All of us know that you are a bhakt. Don’t bother commenting.

AU(Airtel User)
June 7, 2018 1:56 pm 1:56 PM
The day they merge idea will ruin everything for both like they did for themselves leave two-three tier 2 circles there is not a single metro circle they have good network. Post merger there will be huge port outs from Vodafone and slowly there revenue will decrease and they will stop investing in there network and will ultimately have fate like Docomo com aircel etc not now but surely in future. Look at idea no 4G here in Delhi LoL. Airtel, Bsnl, Jio are the future. 700Mhz, 850, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2100Mhx, 2300Mhz and 3.6-3.6Ghz are the future, rest all is… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 7, 2018 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

Wait for Diwali 2018/January2019,Idea/Vodafone will surely beat Airtel hands down!!!!!

Kaushik IMA
June 7, 2018 6:01 pm 6:01 PM

The moment u said BSNL is the future I understood you are intoxicated.

Go back to sleep please.

P.S. Vodafone has good enough network in both Mumbai and Delhi.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 7, 2018 9:19 pm 9:19 PM

Why Oppo F5 not able to provide Dual VoLTE future despite having it in chipset?

Kaushik IMA
June 8, 2018 1:32 am 1:32 AM

Nikhil it’s a modem bug that oppo doesn’t want to fix. The battery life takes a noticeable hit with dual 4G.

They fixed it in oppo f7 and realme 1 by using NeuroPilot to optimize battery usage over time.

But even in oppo f7 dual 4G consumes about 10% more battery than 4G+3G. It should not be very noticeable to most people though.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 8, 2018 3:08 am 3:08 AM

The fixed it in Vivo Y83 though!!!!!

Sayak Roy
June 7, 2018 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

PS I was talking about Vodafone

Sayak Roy
June 7, 2018 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

Even in Kolkata it’s good enough, now