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Airtel-Telenor merger receives CCI approval

Airtel, Telenor signed agreement for merger in Feb, running operations in 7 circles will be acquired

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bharti Airtel, airtel

today said the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the proposed merger of with the company.

Last week, and also filed a joint application before National Company Law Tribunal for approval of their merger following nod from the market regulator Sebi and stock exchanges -- and

"We wish to inform you that Competition Commission of India (CCI) vide its letter dated June 5, 2017 has approved the proposed merger of Telenor (India) Communications Pvt Ltd with Ltd," the company said in a filing.

Airtel and Telenor signed the agreement for the merger in February 2017 under which Airtel will acquire Telenor India's running operations in seven circles -- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam.

These circles represent a high population concentration and therefore, offer a high potential for growth. The proposed acquisition will include the transfer of all of Telenor India's assets and customers, further augmenting Airtel's overall customer base and network," the company had earlier said.

It will also enable Airtel to further bolster its strong spectrum footprint in these seven circles, with the addition of 43.4 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band -- widely known as 2G spectrum, but it is now being used for 4G services as well.