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Reliance Jio threat: India not a Jio market alone, says Vodafone CEO Colao

Vodafone is dominant in metro cities, while Idea is a big player in urban, semi-urban markets: Birla

Dev Chatterjee 

Soon after announcing the $23-billion merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone Group Plc, the latter’s Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao and Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla spoke to Dev Chatterjee on the rationale, the road ahead for the merged entity and the negative reaction of Idea shareholders. Edited excerpts:   The entry of Reliance Jio has changed the telecom landscape, leading to consolidation in the sector, with Bharti Airtel buying out Telenor and now Vodafone and Idea merging their operations. Do you agree with this assessment?   Colao: ...

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