Airtel's proposed acquisition of consumer mobile business of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) has been "approved", according to the latest update on the Competition Commission of India (CCI) website. An Airtel spokesperson declined to comment on the CCI approval.
The deal will also require the approval of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), stock exchanges, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), and Telecom Department among others.
For Airtel, the deal would be the seventh acquisition in five years.
Last month, Airtel had announced acquisition of Tata Group's mobile telephony business, almost for free, a move that would boost its spectrum holding and raise subscriber base while saving the Tatas from the prospect of having to shut down the struggling unit.
As part of the agreement, TTSL and TTML employees in the 19 circles, managing the consumer mobile business, along with 178.5 MHz of spectrum across 800, 1800, 2100 Mhz (3G, 4G) bands would be transferred to Airtel.
While all of the Rs 31,000 crore debt will remain with the Tatas, Airtel will assume close to 20 per cent of the Rs 9,000-10,000 crore deferred payments for the spectrum.
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