Vodafone mulls India merger

9 Jan 2017

British telecoms group Vodafone is considering a potential merger involving its Indian mobile arm, in the wake of the disruptive launch of newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) in September last year, the Telegraph reports, without naming its source. The group has delayed plans to list the cellco on the Indian bourse until the current price war subsides, and was forced to take a USD5.38 billion write-down on its Indian division due to the cut-throat competition sparked by Jio’s arrival. The Telegraph names upstart Jio and Idea Cellular – India’s third largest wireless provider by subscribers – as potential merger partners for Vodafone India, although smaller cellcos such as Norwegian-owned Telenor India and Tata DOCOMO, the troubled joint venture of Tata Group and Japan’s NTT DOCOMO, are keen to be snapped up by one of the market’s larger players.