Vodafone Idea Limited

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Vodafone Idea Limited
Public
Traded as
IndustryTelecommunications
PredecessorVodafone India
Idea Cellular
Founded31 August 2018
HeadquartersMumbai (Corp.)[1][2]
Gandhinagar (Reg.)
Key people
Kumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman)
Balesh Sharma
(CEO)[3][4]
ProductsMobile telephony Wireless broadband
RevenueDecrease 11,775 crore (US$1.7 billion) (2019)[5]
Decrease 7,202.2 crore (US$1.0 billion) (2018)[6]
Decrease 4,950.5 crore (US$720 million) (2018)[6]
Members394.83 million[7]
(March 2019)
ParentVodafone Group (45.1%)
Aditya Birla Group (26.0%)
Axiata Group (8.17%) [8]
Websitewww.vodafoneidea.com

Vodafone Idea Limited[9][10] is India's largest telecom operator[11] with its headquarter based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.[12][13] Vodafone Idea is a pan-India integrated GSM operator offering 2G, 3G and 4G(LTE) 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, centers across the country.[14] As of March 2019, Vodafone Idea has 31% market share in India with 394.8 million million subscribers,[15] [16][6] making it the largest mobile telecommunications network in India and Third 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, with Balesh Sharma as the CEO.[14]

History[edit]

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 [17] The merger was completed on 31 August 2018, and the newly merged entity is named Vodafone Idea Ltd.[18][19][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.[20]

Operations[edit]

Vodafone Idea Limited competes with other major mobile operators including Airtel, BSNL, MTNL and Reliance Jio. Tata DoCoMo – with whom Vodafone Idea Limited competed is now in the process of Merging their businesses with Airtel,.[21] Vodafone Idea Limited has gone far ahead of the rest of these competitors with a Revenue Market Share of over 32.2%.[9]

On 19 May 2010, in the 3G spectrum auction Vodafone Idea Limited paid 57.68 billion (US$830 million) for spectrum in 11 circles.[22] Vodafone Idea Limited launched its first 3G services in 2011.

As of September 2018, Vodafone Idea Limited offers 4G LTE services on its own spectrum in all the telecom circles.

Radio frequency summary[edit]

Vodafone Idea Limited owns spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands across the country.[23]

Telecom circle coverage E-GSM
900MHz
Band 8
GSM / FD-LTE
1800MHz
Band 3
UMTS / FD-LTE
2100MHz
Band 1
TD-LTE
2300MHz
Band 40
TD-LTE
2500MHz
Band 41
Delhi Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mumbai Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Kolkata Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Gujarat Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Karnataka Yes Yes Yes No No
Maharashtra & Goa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tamil Nadu Yes Yes Yes No No
Haryana Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Kerala Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Punjab Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Rajasthan Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Uttar Pradesh (East) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Uttar Pradesh (West) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
West Bengal Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Assam No Yes Yes No Yes
Bihar & Jharkhand No Yes Yes No Yes
Himachal Pradesh No Yes Yes No Yes
Jammu and Kashmir No Yes Yes No Yes
North East No Yes Yes No Yes
Odisha Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Note: the above 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 its customers in Delhi access 4G services in May 2018 via the Vodafone network.[24][25]

Network Consolidation[edit]

By March 2019, Vodafone Idea Limited announced its network consolidation across major its major circles, easing our 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[26] 145 6520 99.5%
ROWB[27] 878 37585 97%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh[28] 664 53130 2,60,800 sq km area
Jammu and Kashmir[29] 110 3301
AP & Telangana[30] 391 19700 92.5%
Bihar & Jharkhand [31] 431 43503 79%
HP[32] 59 11929


Enhanced 4G Coverage details

State No of Towns Covered No of districts Covered Population %
Haryana[33] 22 76.08%
ROWB[34] 838 27 78%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh [35] 633 77 52%
Jammu and Kashmir[36] 48 9 23.6%
AP & Telangana [37] 381 23 67%
Bihar & Jharkhand[38] 343 56 45.3%
HP[39] 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.[40]


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, among others.[41]

Massive MIMO[edit]

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[42] The company also deployed more than 4,000 Massive Mimo, small cells and TDD sites across the New Delhi and NCR region.[43]

Vodafone Idea Limited Rights Issue[edit]

Vodafone Idea Limited’s board of directors cleared the planned Rs 25,000-crore rights issue at a price of Rs 12.50 per equity share, a steep 61 per cent discount to the prevailing market rate on March 20th 2019. In a regulatory filing, the company said that the rights entitlement ratio has been fixed at 87 equity shares for every 38 equity shares held by eligible shareholders of the company on the record date, that is April 2, 2019. The issue opening date has been fixed for April 10 while the closing date has been set for April 24, 2019, the filing said.[44]

The rights issue price at Rs 12.50 is at a steep 58% discount to the current market price of Rs 30. We take a look at key details of the rights issue. [45]

·       The issue size aggregates to up Rs 25,000 crore.

·        The issue price is fixed at Rs 12.50, representing a steep discount or nearly 60% of the market price at 30.

·       The  entitlement ratio is fixed at 87 Equity Shares for every 38 Equity Shares held by the eligible shareholders of the Company on the record date


Promoters, UK's Vodafone Group Plc. and Aditya Birla Group, have infused Rs 17920 crore into Vodafone Idea via the Rs 25000-crore rights issue in funds that the telecom market leader will use to take on rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. [46]


Besides a public participation of 1.2 times the offering, the promoters, too, applied for ₹90 crore higher than their aggregate rights entitlement. The promoters, Aditya Birla Group and UK's Vodafone Group, were allotted ₹17,920 crore increasing their shareholding to 71.57% over 71.33% earlier.[47]

Vodafone Idea Business Services Partnerships[edit]

Vodafone Idea Limited Joins Hands with IBM[edit]

Vodafone Idea inked a new $700-800 million (Rs 4,900 crore-5,600 crore) 5-year technology outsourcing contract with IBM that is expected to contribute a major part to the Rs 8,400 crore annual opex savings the telecom market leader set out to achieve by FY21. Vodafone Idea’s CEO Balesh Sharma said the renewed 5-year strategic collaboration with IBM opened new opportunities for the company to partner together in domains like cloud, AI and IoT. [48]

The collaboration will provide Vodafone Idea with a hybrid cloud-based digital platform, enabling more intimate engagement with customers, enhancing business efficiency, agility and scale. This deal will also help in simplification of its business processes, the company said in a statement.

This engagement will also contribute to Vodafone Idea’s merger synergy objectives by reducing its IT-related costs, it added.[49]

Vodafone Idea Limited Strikes Deal with Ericsson[edit]

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson bagged a cloud core deal from Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) in the beginning of May 2019. Under the deal, Ericsson has done initial deployment of its cloud packet core that will enhance VIL’s core network as it continues the world’s largest telecom network integration and consolidation.

Ericsson said that it is one of the largest vEPC deployments by the company anywhere in the world. [50]

Vodafone Idea started partnering with the global vendors and equipment suppliers like Ericsson to deploy new age technologies with built-in customisations and novel innovations to deliver rich customer experience while building a robust, future-fit network[51]

Vodafone Idea, CTRL S partnership[edit]

Vodafone Idea Business Services (VIBS) announced a strategic partnership with datacentre service provider CtrlS for information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, including cloud computing.[52] The partnership will enable customers to successfully embark on a digital transformation journey powered by technologies such as cloud, colocation, managed security services and managed cloud services. It will kick start their digital transformational journey by reducing operational cost, providing on demand scalability, and increasing business agility.[53]   

Vodafone Idea, Hyundai Autoever India Partner For Connected Car Services[edit]

Vodafone Idea and Hyundai AutoEver India (HAEI) have signed an exclusive partnership for Connected Car Services with Hyundai Blue Link technology. The technology debuted in India with Hyundai Venue that was launched earlier this week. It will help Hyundai deploy a strong, first-of-its-kind, connected solution in Indian market with integration of eSIMS with Voice, 3G/4G data, SMS, Secured APN service and API integration.[54] The tie-up will enable Hyundai cars, starting with its recently launched SUV Hyundai VENUE, to offer what it terms ‘advanced connected car functionality’, Vodafone Idea said in a statement on Tuesday. It will enable Hyundai to locate its cars, real-time exchange of data, power connected car services and also manage Vodafone machine-to-machine operations.[55]

Vodafone Idea, Microsoft Partner For Cloud Services[edit]

Telecom operator Vodafone Idea and software major Microsoft June 6 announced partnership for cloud services.[56]


The partnership will allow customers to connect to their applications on Azure through a private, secure and high-performance multi-protocol label switching virtual private networks (MPLS VPN) connectivity, the company said in a statement. Microsoft Azure has been created for building, testing, deploying and managing applications and services.[57]

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