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Airtel-Tata Tele merger gets CCI nod

Consolidation of telecom sector seen as an outcome of Reliance Jio's competitive tariff offers

Kiran Rathee  |  New Delhi 

Bharti Airtel, Airtel

Fair trade regulator (CCI) has approved the merger of with as consolidation in the telecom sector becomes a reality.

Airtel, which is acquiring virtually for free, will be getting around 71 MHz of liberalised spectrum and 40 million customers to add to its kitty as it gears up to fight bigger rivals in the form of Vodafone-combine and also

The telecom sector is looking forward to a scenario where there will be three big private operators along with state-run BSNL. There may be smaller operators in the form of Aircel and Reliance Communications (RCom). Although RCom has made it clear that it is going to shut down its 2G and 3G business and concentrate only on 4G after its merger with Aircel was called off due to delay in approvals.

As per a order, the proposed combination of and has been approved. The merger will also need approvals from other NCLT and other institutions like the Department of Telecommunications etc.

With the acquisition of the Tatas' wireless business, is getting a debt-free company while pushing its user base to around 321 million. The consolidation in the sector is being seen as an outcome of the competitive tariff being offered by newcomer

First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 20:26 IST