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Idea-Vodafone merger : Idea Cellular to change firm’s name

Idea-Vodafone merger : Idea Cellular to change firm’s name

Idea Cellular Ltd, which is in the final stages of completing its proposed merger with Vodafone India Ltd, will hold an extraordinary general meeting on 26 June to seek shareholders’ nod to raise funds of up to Rs15,000 crore and change the name of the company to Vodafone Idea Ltd.

The name change would be subject to the approval of the Union government or any other authority as may be necessary, Idea Cellular said in a filing to the exchanges on Friday.

The company has also sought approval to raise up to Rs15,000 crore on a private placement basis by way of non-convertible securities, including but not limited to non-convertible debentures, in one or more tranches, Idea Cellular said.

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The exchange filing did not, however, have details of what the funds would be used for.
The two companies are yet to receive the final approval from the department of telecommunications for the merger. They have already received approval from the National Company Law Tribunal, the Competition Commission of India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

The Vodafone-Idea merger, aimed at dominating a market that Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd had disrupted with free voice calls and low data tariffs, will create the world’s second largest and India’s largest telecom firm in terms of subscribers, overtaking Bharti Airtel Ltd.


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