It’s official: Idea, Vodafone are merging to create India’s biggest telco

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In a BSE filing, Idea Celluar announced its approval of amalgamation of Vodafone India Ltd (VIL) and its wholly owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited (VMSL) with the company subject to receipt of necessary approvals of shareholders, creditors, SEBI, RBI and other governmental authorities.

Idea Cellular gained nearly 15% in first 5 minutes of the trade but later pared some gains to trade 6% higher after media reports that the company has approved merger with Vodafone India. According to reports, Idea Cellular will hold 25% stake in the merged company.

 

According to the release, the Idea Board  believes the proposed amalgamation will result in:

 

a. Creation of largest Indian telecom operator with widest mobile network in the country and pan India 3G/4G footprint

After eight months of hectic parleys, Britain’s Vodafone Group’s Indian subsidiary and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular have taken a step closer to a mega merger that would create a new market leader better able to contest a brutal price war with 42 per cent market share.

Idea Cellular on Monday approved the merger with Vodafone and Vodafone Mobile Services Limited.

In a BSE filing, Idea Celluar announced its approval of amalgamation of Vodafone India Ltd (VIL) and its wholly owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited (VMSL) with the company subject to receipt of necessary approvals of shareholders, creditors, SEBI, RBI and other governmental authorities. Read more

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