DoT to challenge Airtel-Tata tie up

11 Nov 2019

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly challenging Bharti Airtel’s takeover of Tata Group’s consumer mobile operations at the Supreme Court, Telegraph India writes, citing an official source. Airtel completed its acquisition of the consumer mobile businesses of Tata Group’s Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML) divisions on 1 July 2019 – and integrated the cellco’s roughly 15 million mobile subscribers into its user base – following a ruling in its favour by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). According to the unnamed official, however, the DoT has not taken the merger on record and has instructed the heads of each circle to treat Airtel and Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) as separate entities. The source went on to state that the regulator is in the process of challenging the tie-up via two separate ‘special leave’ petitions before the Supreme Court.