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|16 Telecom Circles|
|Owner||Indus Towers Limited|
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Indus Towers is an independently managed company offering passive infrastructure services to all telecom operators and other wireless services providers such as broadband service providers. Incorporated in November 2007, Indus Towers Limited has been promoted under a joint venture between entities of Bharti Group including Bharti Infratel Limited (rendering telecom and tower infrastructure services in India under the brand name Airtel and Bharti Infratel Limited respectively) and Vodafone Idea Limited (rendering telecom services under the brand name Vodafone and Idea) to render passive infrastructure services to telecom service providers.
Indus Towers was incorporated with an objective to provide shared telecom infrastructure to telecom operators on a non-discriminatory basis.
Merger with Bharti Infratel
In 2017, reports suggested that Bharti Infratel, who already owns 42% of Indus Towers, was looking to acquire the 53% stake in Indus Towers, currently owned by Vodacom Group Plc. However, in July, the head of Vodafone stated that they were "actively considering" a float of their stake in Indus Towers. Vodafone went on to deliver a formal mandate to both Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley to finalize buyers.
On 25 April 2018, Bharti Infratel and Vodafone Group issued a joint statement announcing the merger of Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers to create the second largest telecom tower company in the world. Under the terms of the agreement, Bharti Infratel will transfer 1,565 of its own shares for each Indus Towers share valuing the latter at $10 billion. Other major shareholders in Indus Towers such as Idea Cellular and Providence Equity Partners would be provided an option to cash out. Bharti Airtel, the parent company of Bharti Infratel, will hold the largest stake in the new merged entity. Prior to the merger, shareholding in Indus Towers was Bharti Infratel (42%), Vodafone Group (42%), Idea Cellular (11.15%) and Providence Equity Partners (4.85%).
The merger is expected to be completed by May 2019.
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