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Idea Cellular

Vodafone Idea Limited
Public
Traded as
ISININE669E01016
IndustryTelecommunications
Predecessor
  • Vodafone India
  • Idea Cellular Limited[1]
Founded31 August 2018; 19 months ago (31 August 2018)
HeadquartersMumbai (Corp.)[2][3]
Gandhinagar (Reg.)
Key people
Kumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman)
Ravinder Takkar
(CEO)[4]
ProductsMobile telephony
Wireless broadband
Internet services
RevenueIncrease (US$5.3 billion) (2019)[5]
Decrease (US$-2.7 billion) (2019)[5]
Decrease (US$-2.0 billion) (2019)[5]
Increase (US$32 billion) (2019)[5]
Increase (US$8.4 billion) (2019)[5]
Members332.65 million[6]
(31 December 2019)
Number of employees
13,520 (2019)[5]
ParentVodafone Group (45.1%)
Aditya Birla Group (26.0%)
Axiata Group Berhad (8.17%)
Private Equity (20.73%) [7]
SubsidiariesYou Broadband Limited[8]
Websitewww.vodafoneidea.com

Vodafone Idea Limited[9][10] is an Indian telecom operator[11] with its headquarters based in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gandhinagar, Gujarat.[12][13] Vodafone Idea is a pan-India integrated GSM operator offering 2G, 3G and 4G VoLTE mobile services under two brands named Vodafone and Idea. Vodafone Idea also provides services including Mobile payments, IoT, enterprise offerings and entertainment, accessible via both digital channels as well as on-ground touch points, centres across the country.[14] As of 31 December 2019, Vodafone Idea has a subscriber base of 332.65 million,[6] making it second largest mobile telecommunications network in India and fifth largest mobile telecommunications network in the world.[10] Vodafone Idea has a broadband network of 340,000 sites, distribution reach of 1.7 million retail outlets.[14]

On 31 August 2018, Vodafone India merged with Idea Cellular, and was renamed as Vodafone Idea Limited. However, the merged entity continues using both the Idea and Vodafone brand.[9] Currently, the Vodafone Group holds a 45.1% stake in the combined entity, the Aditya Birla Group holds 26% and the remaining shares will be held by the public.[10]Kumar Mangalam Birla heads the merged company as the Chairman and Balesh Sharma used to be the CEO. After a plunge in share price of Vodafone Idea by 80% on NSE, Balesh Sharma resigned citing personal reasons. Ravinder Takkar, Ex-CEO of Vodafone Romania and the key deal negotiator from Vodafone has taken over the reigns as CEO.[4]

History

On 20 March 2017, Idea and Vodafone India announced that their respective boards had approved a merger of the two companies. The merger got approval from Department of Telecommunications in July 2018. On August 30, 2018, National Company Law Tribunal gave the final nod to the Vodafone Idea merger [15] The merger was completed on 31 August 2018, and the newly merged entity is named Vodafone Idea Ltd.[16][17][10] The merger created the largest telecom company in India by subscribers and by revenue. Under the terms of the deal, the Vodafone Group holds a 45.2% stake in the combined entity, the Aditya Birla Group holds 26% and the remaining shares will be held by the public.[10]

Idea previously bought Spice Communications Ltd, operating as Spice Telecom, for over Rs 2,700 crore.[18]

Network

Radio frequency summary

Vodafone Idea Limited owns spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands across the country.[19]

This table contains Vodafone Idea (merged entity) radio frequency details because they share their networks with each other via ICR (intra-circle roaming agreement) in some circles. For example, Idea has started 4G services in Delhi from May 2018 via the Vodafone network.[20][21]

Network consolidation

By March 2019, Vodafone Idea Limited announced its network consolidation across major circles, easing network issues faced by consumers and also enhancing its 4G coverage. Announcements of Network Consolidation were made as below

State No of Towns Covered No of Villages Covered Coverage area %/kms
Haryana[22] 145 6520 99.5%
ROWB[23] 878 37585 97%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh[24] 664 53130 60%
Jammu and Kashmir[25] 110 3301
AP & Telangana[26] 391 19700 92.5%
Bihar & Jharkhand [27] 431 43503 79%
HP[28] 59 11929

Enhanced 4G coverage details

State No of Towns Covered No of districts Covered Population %
Haryana[22] 22 76.08%
ROWB[23] 838 27 78%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh [24] 633 77 52%
Jammu and Kashmir[25] 48 9 23.6%
AP & Telangana [26] 381 23 67%
Bihar & Jharkhand[29] 343 56 45.3%
HP[28] 45 8 43%

Punjab network consolidation

Vodafone Idea Ltd., India's leading telecom service provider announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in Punjab service area. With this, Punjab is amongst the first ten circles to complete integration in the world's largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India.[30]

Rajasthan network consolidation Vodafone Idea Ltd., India's leading telecom service provider announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in Rajasthan service area. With this, Rajasthan is amongst the first eleven circles to complete integration in the world's largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India.

According to telecom regulator's data, the pan India wireless subscriber base of Vodafone Idea at the end of March 2019 stood at 394.8 million. The statement on network consolidation in Punjab, said 4G services have been enhanced for both Vodafone and Idea customers in cities including Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Moga and Hoshiarpur. And in Rajasthan Jaipur,Jodhpur,Bikaner,Kota,Ajmer,Udaipur among others.[31]

Massive MIMO

Vodafone Idea deployed technologies such as massive MIMO, small cells, TDD sites to enhance coverage and network capacity in Mumbai and Delhi during March. As part of the modernization exercise, the company deployed more than 5000 massive MIMO, small cells and TDD sites across Church gate, Prabhadevi, Pali hill, Lokhandwala, Versova, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Bandra and Dadar among other regions[32] The company also deployed more than 4,000 Massive Mimo, small cells and TDD sites across the New Delhi and NCR region.[33]

Turbo-net

Vodafone Idea has launched "TurboNet" 4G services in select cities of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan,Karnataka and Rest of Bengal (including Kolkata) circles. The launch of TurboNet 4G follows the consolidation of its radio network integration and the deployment of technologies such as Dynamic Spectrum Re-farming (DSR), Spectrum Re-farming, M-MIMO, L900, TDD and Small Cells to further boost network capacity and coverage across large parts of the country.[34]

Broadband

You Broadband (wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone idea limited) which offers fixed line broadband (FTTH) and voice services (VoIP) in indian major cities which includes Mumbai, Pune, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Vijayawada.[35]

See also

References

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  19. ^ Pan India 2016 spectrum holding data sheet (updated), Telecom Talk, retrieved 2018
  20. ^ Idea Cellular 4G Services Now Live in Delhi Via ICR With Vodafone, Telecom Talk, retrieved 2018
  21. ^ Idea to launch VoLTE in March, inks 4G ICR agreement with Vodafone, ET Telecom, retrieved 2018
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  35. ^ www.youbroadband.in. "Vodafone-Idea Wholly owned subsidiary You Broadband". youbroadband.in. Retrieved 2019.

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