In yet another consolidation move in the telecom industry, India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel informed the bourses on Thursday that it will acquire Telenor India assets. The move comes at a time when new entrant Reliance Jio has acquired 100 million users and the market is awaiting a response on a potential Vodafone- Idea merger. Bharti Airtel didn’t divulge the financials of the Telenor India acquisition in its filing with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The acquisition is also subject to regulatory approvals. “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 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,” Gopal Vittal, Managing Director, and Chief Executive ( India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said in the filing. The Telenor acquisition will give Bharti Airtel additional spectrum in 1,800 MHz bands besides a foothold in seven circles — Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (East and West) and Maharashtra — where Telenor operates in.  The buyout gives Airtel additional access to 43.4 Mhz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band.

“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 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,” Gopal Vittal, Managing Director, and Chief Executive ( India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said in the filing. The Telenor acquisition will give Bharti Airtel additional spectrum in 1,800 MHz bands besides a foothold in seven circles — Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (East and West) and Maharashtra — where Telenor operates in.  The buyout gives Airtel additional access to 43.4 Mhz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band.

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