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Vodafone Idea to shut m-pesa biz, waives Rs 210 cr to close payments bank

Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma attributed regulatory changes for the payments bank business and deterioration in health of telecom sector to the decision

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Vodafone Idea Ltd has decided to close m-pesa vertical following the closure of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd (ABIPBL), in which it was being merged with, a top official said on Monday.

Nearly 17 months after it began operations, ABIPBL on July 20 announced winding up of its business on account of "unanticipated developments" that made its economic model "unviable".

"The merger of Vodafone m-pesa with ABIPBL has thus been called off and business prepaid instruments and business correspondence are in the process of closure," Vodafone Idea Chief Executive Officer Balesh Sharma said company's earning call.

He attributed regulatory changes for the

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First Published: Jul 29 2019 | 11:43 PM IST

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