Campaign India Team
Feb 23, 2017

Bharti Airtel to acquire Telenor

Acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals

Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman, Bharti Enterprises with Sigve Brekke, CEO, Telenor Group
Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman, Bharti Enterprises with Sigve Brekke, CEO, Telenor Group
Bharti Airtel has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Telenor South Asia Investments to acquire Telenor India. The acquisition is subject to requisite regulatory approvals.
 
According to Telenor's website, it has circles  in India across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bihar and Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East) and UP (West).
 
The proposed acquisition will include transfer of all of Telenor India’s assets and customers, into Airtel’s overall customer base and network. 
 
Gopal Vittal, managing director and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said, “The agreement underlines our commitment to lead India’s digital revolution by offering world-class and affordable telecom services through a robust spectrum portfolio spread across multiple bands. On completion, the proposed acquisition will undergo seamless integration, both on the customer as well as the network side, and further strengthen our market position in several key circles. The customers of Telenor India will now be able to enjoy India’s widest and fastest voice & data network, and a range of Airtel’s world-class products and services.”
 
He added, “The acquisition of additional spectrum through this transaction, which made an attractive business proposition, has further enhanced our already solid spectrum portfolio. The proposed transaction will also create substantial long term value for our shareholders given the significant synergies.”  
 
Sigve Brekke, CEO, Telenor Group, said, “We believe today’s agreement is in the best interest of our customers, employees and Telenor Group. Finding a long term solution to our India business has been a priority for us, and we are pleased with our agreement with Airtel. The decision to exit India has not been taken lightly. After thorough consideration, it is our view that the significant investments needed to secure Telenor India’s future business on a standalone basis will not give an acceptable level of return.”
 
 
Source:
Campaign India

Follow us

Top news, insights and analysis every weekday

Sign up for Campaign Bulletins

Related Articles

Just Published

3 days ago

Netflix announces ad tier milestone and adtech platform

The streaming platform’s ad-supported plan reaches 40 million global monthly active users and drives 40% of all signups in the 12 countries where it’s available.

3 days ago

Whisper unveils new phase of #KeepGirlsInSchool to ...

The latest poignant film seeks to normalise periods as healthy changes, empowering young girls to reshape their narratives around puberty.

3 days ago

Group M broadens remit of Wavemaker global chief ...

Jenner will remain as Wavemaker global chief executive.

3 days ago

Samsung's LTE Galaxy Watch6 campaign unlocks ...

The brand's latest film highlights the integration of LTE into consumers' lives, positioning the watch as a reliable digital companion.