India's Bharti agrees to buy smaller telecoms carrier Loop's operations

NEW DELHI Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:42am IST

Stocks

   

NEW DELHI Feb 18 (Reuters) - Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's top telecommunications carrier, said on Tuesday it had agreed to acquire smaller rival Loop Mobile - the first merger in the country's crowded telecoms market in nearly six years.

Bharti did not say how much it was paying for the assets of Loop Mobile, which operates only in the financial capital Mumbai. Sources said on Monday that Bharti would pay 3 billion rupees and take on 4 billion rupees of debt held by Loop.

The deal would take Bharti's total customers in Mumbai to more than 7 million, helping it surpass Vodafone by customer numbers in the city, though its market share by revenue for Mumbai would still lag Vodafone.

Bharti said in a statement the companies were yet to sign a definitive agreement and that the deal was subject to regulatory approval. ($1 = 61.9350 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Drug Pricing

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Modi Speaks

Modi Speaks

PM Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India - CNN.  Full Article 

Alibaba Listing

Alibaba Listing

Alibaba surges on massive demand in trading debut  Full Article 

Importing Rice

Importing Rice

Top rice exporter India importing over 100,000 T on temporary supply squeeze.  Full Article 

GSK Fined

GSK Fined

China hands drugmaker GSK record $489 mln fine, sentences executives.  Full Article 

HMT in Demand

HMT in Demand

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time.  Full Article 

Apple Not Cool?

Apple Not Cool?

Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage