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Idea, Vodafone merger to give merged entity financial flexibility to respond to competition, says ICRA

March 22, 2017

According to a report by ratings agency ICRA, the merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India would provide financial flexibility to the new entity to respond to competition because of scale benefits and better usage of spectrum.

According to ICRA, the merger would create a strong player in the industry although there would be many regulatory hurdles before the merger is cleared. However, a reduction in competition owing to the merger is unlikely in the medium term as large telecom operators would keep the intensity high, the agency said.

As per the agency, the new entity should be able to provide a good network to the subscribers and network redundancies should be minimum. Further, the merger would take at least around four to five quarters to materialise, said ICRA.


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