Vodafone-Idea Merged Entity to Forego 14 Million Subscribers in Six Circles

Vodafone and Idea Cellular are expected to receive their merger approval from Department of Telecommunications (DoT) this week itself. According to DoT norms, Vodafone-Idea may lose 14 million subscribers in six circles- Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (West) as a telco cannot hold more than 50% of subscriber market share in a single circle. Alongside the subscriber market share, a telco should not have more than 50% of revenue market share in a single circle, and the merged entity might have to lose revenues of more than Rs 2,000 crore in three circles.


As per DoT norms, a telecom operator should not hold more than 50% of subscriber & revenue market share in a single circle. So Vodafone Idea Limited will lose over 14 million subscribers and more than Rs 2,000 crore revenues in six circles and three circles respectively. These norms are part of DoT’s merger and acquisition (M&A) guidelines notified in 2014. The merged entity will have to reduce the same to 50% within a year from the effective date of license transfer.

As per the current estimates, Vodafone Idea Limited will have close to 430 million subscribers. The yet-to-be-merged company will have to reduce the subscriber base by 6.9 million in the six circles mentioned above. However, the Revenue Market Share of the company will be over 50% in three circles- Gujarat, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

To achieve the cap of 50% RMS, the company will have to reduce its subscriber base by another 7.2 million which will result in more than Rs 2,000 crore and 3.3% of revenues in the three circles. “As per current M&A guidelines, both the subscriber and revenue market share limits need to be addressed within one-year post-merger,” a Vodafone spokesperson stated to The Hindu.

On the whole, the merged entity will face some ups and downs during the first one year. Eventually, the merged entity will still be the leading operator in terms of both subscriber market share and revenue market share. The Vodafone Idea Limited is expected to start its operations with a revenue of Rs 63,000 crore.

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June 13, 2018 6:46 pm 6:46 PM


Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 13, 2018 9:10 pm 9:10 PM

Airtel Lover AU and Kirti I hope you are watching this!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 13, 2018 9:10 pm 9:10 PM


Ansar Shaikh
June 13, 2018 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

now total subscriber in india is 840 and Vodea hold 430mn if industries go beyond 900mn then no need to deactivate any number because by default idea become 46% Market share. In rural india 30% people using single SIM and 45% people using 3G. In comming year dual SIM market will boom and subscriber base will reach 1000mn

Girish Gowda | bengaLuru
June 14, 2018 1:51 am 1:51 AM

Which country are you talking about?

June 13, 2018 6:07 pm 6:07 PM

You are still in 2012

June 13, 2018 1:21 pm 1:21 PM

The reason Vodafone and idea has lot of subscribers in Haryana is that they are having a solid strong 2G network as they are using 900Mhz for 2G, the villagers are happy that they get full bars and connectivity on indoors as well. Though the world is moving towards high speed data and internet but in many parts of Haryana it’s still the call and coverage that matters.

June 13, 2018 2:14 pm 2:14 PM

Any 4G network with spectrum in 850MHz or 700MHz can be even better in terms of coverage and data! Is there any reason why 600MHz frequency is only used by T-Mobile in USA??