CCI approves Vodafone-Idea merger

New Delhi: The Vodafone-idea merger has got the nod from the Competition Commission of India (CCI). The CCI had sent the approval via letters to both Idea Cellular as well as Vodafone India, sources said.

Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group-promoted Idea Cellular had announced on March 20 their much-awaited union. Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, will be its chairman, reports HT.

“Vodafone Group and Idea Cellular announced they have reached an agreement to combine their operations in India (excluding Vodafone’s 42 per cent stake in Indus Towers) to create India’s largest telecom operator,” a joint statement by the companies had earlier said.

“The combined company would become the leading communications provider in India with almost 400 million customers, 35% customer market share and 41% revenue market share,” it added.

The merger will create an entity with over Rs 80,000 crore revenue.

“Vodafone will own 45.1% of the combined company after transferring a stake of 4.9% to the promoters of Idea and/or their affiliates for Rs 3,874 crore in cash concurrent with the completion of the amalgamation,” the statement said.

“The promoters of Idea will hold 26 per cent of the company and the balance will be held by the public,” it said.