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Infratel-Indus mega tower merger unlikely to hit jobs: Bharti official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The merger of and to create a USD 14.6 billion firm with world's second-largest number of mobile masts -- is not expected to lead to any job loss given the disparate and largely non-overlapping nature of operations of both companies, a senior Bharti said.

There will be an overlap at the corporate level for less than 100 positions but that too will be accommodated in anticipation of business growth and in new projects such as smart cities, said the familiar with the blockbuster deal struck last month.

The merged entity will have in its fold more than 163,000 towers across - largest after and will jointly control the combined firm.

The transaction, subject to regulatory and other approvals, including from the (CCI), (SEBI), (NCLT), (FDI approval), is expected to close before the end of the fiscal year.

The merged entity, which will be called Ltd, will remain listed. Bharti Airtel, which currently owns 53.5 per cent in Bharti Infratel, will get 33.8 per cent to 37.2 per cent stake in the combined entity. Its shareholding is dependent upon what Aditya Birla Group's Idea and Providence do with their minority shareholding in Indus Tower.

Similarly, India will get between 26.7 per cent and 29.4 per cent of the Indus-combine.

has 42 per cent stake in Indus Tower. too has an equivalent stake while the remaining is with Aditya Birla's Idea (11.15 per cent) and Providence (4.85 per cent).

Bharti Infratel has 1,248 employees on a standalone basis while has 2,440 employees as on March 2018.

Over the years, Bharti Infratel has been successful in building a culture of innovation and excellence with a strong people' focus. We believe given the disparate and largely non-overlapping nature of operations of both the companies, the combined entity will be able to absorb current employees post the merger, the Bharti said, responding to a specific query on the impact of the merger on existing jobs.

The official added: A few employees with role overlaps will be offered opportunities in new projects like Smart Cities which is the next big focus for the company. These positions at the head office adding up to 80-90 employees will be accommodated in view of business growth and incoming projects, the official noted.

Bharti Infratel did not respond to an e-mail query.

Indus Towers currently operates in 15 telecom service areas or circles while Bharti Infratel's operations are focused on the remaining seven circles.

A statement issued on April 25 to announce the merger had stated the combination of Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers, with their highly complementary footprints, will create a pan-India tower company with the ability to offer high-quality to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis, needed to support the pan-India expansion of services using 4G/4G+/

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 12:15 IST