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Tata Comm to explore buying Tata Tele's enterprise biz

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said it will explore the possibility of acquiring the enterprise business of Tata group firm, Tata Teleservices.

This follows India's largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel announcing that the consumer mobile business of (CMB) of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTML)'s will merge with it on a cash-free, debt-free deal.

"proposes to engage in exploratory discussions with TTSL and TTML regarding the potential of its enterprise business," said in a regulatory filing.

It added that its Board today and has instructed the management to appoint independent advisors to "evaluate the strategic fit as well as the financial merits of the potential transaction".

"The Board will review the recommendations before making any final decision," it said.

Tata Communications pointed that in the normal course of operations, it looks at potential opportunities in various markets in the best interest of the company.

"Tata Teleservices has built a powerful asset, serving enterprise customers in the fast growing Indian market. We believe this would be a good fit for Tata Communications and its customers, and help to further strengthen Tata Communications' leadership position in this segment," it said.

The strategy overall is part of Tata Group's plan to find a solution for the troubled mobile business of the conglomerate.

Tata Teleservices, the mobile business, was weighed down by huge debt, spectrum liability and monthly losses.

Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran had recently conceded that the group's mobile business Tata Teleservices is in a "really bad shape" and that a "tough call" will have to be taken on the business in this financial year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 18:02 IST