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Competition in telecom sector to remain intense over 12-18 months: Moody's

Bharti will take over Tata's mobile operations in 19 circles

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Competition in the is expected to remain intense over 12-18 months despite consolidation as leading operators look to safeguard their turf, according to Moody's.

"While consolidation activity is positive for the industry in the long-term, we still expect competition to remain intense over the next 12-18 months as leading operators -- like Bharti, Vodafone India and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited - look to protect and grow market share," it said.

announced last week that it is acquiring the consumer mobile business of Limited and Maharashtra.

Bharti will take over Tata's mobile operations in 19 circles, including the transfer of all assets (including spectrum) and customers, on a debt-free cash-free basis.

"The acquisition will strengthen Bharti's spectrum holdings and add around 40 million subscribers to the company's leading market position in India's highly competitive mobile market, a credit positive," Moody's Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Annalisa Di Chiara, said.

Chiara added: "This is a non-cash deal and although Bharti will take over a small portion of deferred we do not expect it will have a material effect on the company's consolidated leverage.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 14:34 IST