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Bharti Airtel-Tata Tele merger: This is what Bharti Airtel gains

The merged entity will be able to narrow the gap with the proposed Idea-Vodafone combine not only in the share of spectrum controlled but revenue

Surajeet Das Gupta  |  New Delhi 

A Bharti Airtel office building is pictured in Gurugram, previously known as Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi in India. (Photo: Reuters)

After its acquisition of Tate Teleservices’ consumer mobile business, would be able to bridge, to a large extent, the gap between the share of total spectrum held by it and that owned by the merged entity formed after rivals Idea Cellular’s merger with Vodafone India. Bharti and Tata Tele will together control over 28 per cent of the total spectrum available to telecom service providers, and that will bring them on a par with the Idea-Vodafone’s share across the country. Also, the Bharti Airtel-Tata Tele combined entity would control around 40 per cent of the total telecom revenues, not much behind the projected 44 per cent for the Idea-Vodafone combine. has virtually got Tata Tele in a platter – it will only have to pay 15-20 per cent of the deferred payment for spectrum. That comes to around Rs 1,5002,000 crore. It, of course, might have to pay $1.2 billion to the government if it wants to liberalise the unliberalised 1,800-MHz spectrum that it gets from Tata Tele.

But the choice of that will be with In return, the latter will have to absorb a large part of the former's 5,000 employees. But also gets 40 million additional customers. This will take the subscriber share of Bharti Airtel-Tata Tele combine to 27-28 per cent, compared with around 35 per cent for the merged Idea-Vodafone entity.

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 17:07 IST