MUMBAI, MARCH 20TH
Idea Cellular and the Indian unit of British telecom company Vodafone today announced a merger, creating India's largest telecom operator. The merger will create India's largest telecom operator with widest network in the country and pan-India 3G/4G footprint, the companies said in a statement. Vodafone will own 45 per cent of the combined entity and Idea and Vodafone will have the right to nominate 3 directors each. The deal excludes Vodafone's 42 per cent stake in tower company Indus Towers. The combined entity will have 40 crore customers or nearly one in three customers in India.