Davos 2017: Sunil Bharti Mittal Says Vodafone-Idea Merger Is A ‘Perfect Match’
Bharti Airtel’s revenue market share has risen despite competition from Reliance Jio, Mittal says.
Bharti Enterprises Ltd. Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said the merger of Vodafone India Ltd. and Idea Cellular Ltd., if it were to indeed materialise, would be a ‘perfect match’. Mittal was speaking to BloombergQuint’s Menaka Doshi on the sidelines of the 47th World Economic Forum at Davos.
It’s a perfect match, if you look at it, the match is not bad. But you know I can’t sit on the minds of Vittorio (Colao) or Kumar (Mangalam Birla). The strength and weaknesses match very well. Rural - urban, structured portfolio...makes for a good business case and I would support it.Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
Batting for consolidation in the sector, Mittal said a positive consequence of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.’s entry and the resulting competition has been the weeding out of smaller players from the industry.
One effect of Jio has been that the small operators are gone. I support consolidation in the industry, wherever we have seen two-three operators with large markets, they have been profitable, they have been able to make large investments and give a lot of revenue to the government.Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
It’s time for Telenor to exit its India business, Mittal said, adding that Bharti Airtel is in conversation with the Norwegian company. In the past, Bharti has acquired spectrum from Videocon, Augere and Aircel.
I think it is time to go. I am friends with Telenor globally. In India, they have competed with us head-on. They created a lot of difficulties in 6-7 circles with a value play. But I think it is in the interest of India to give a good exit to companies like Telenor rather than wasting all the efforts. So I would say we look at everything. But I think they are talking to many people, not just us. So I don’t know what the outcome would be.Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises