Business News

Bharti Airtel to acquire mobile operations of Tata Teleservices

As part of the deal, it will absorb around 4 crore customers of the Tata group’s mobile business.

Bharti Airtel has entered into an agreement to acquire the mobile operations of Tata Teleservices Ltd and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd, the telecom operator said on Thursday. The agreement is, however, yet to be approved by market regulators.

According to the agreement, Bharti Airtel will assume an unpaid debt Tata Teleservices owes to the Department of Telecom for spectrum. Barring this, the acquisition will be done on a debt-free, cash-free basis, which means the loss-making, debt-laden Tata Teleservices will have to pay its own liabilities.

In a filing to the stock exchanges, Bharti Airtel said it would also absorb the estimated 4 crore customers of the two Tata companies in 19 circles.

The telecom industry has seen significant activity since the entry of Reliance Jio in September 2016. In March, a proposed merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India was approved by the boards of both companies, which could create the country’s largest telecom company. In 2016, Reliance Communications had announced its plans to merge with Aircel, though it was called off last week.

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Some of the most significant innovations in automotive history made their debut in this iconic automobile

The latest version features India's first BS VI norms-compliant engine and a host of 'intelligent' features.

The S-Class, also known as Sonderklasse or special class, represents Mercedes Benz’ top-of-the-line sedan line up. Over the decades, this line of luxury vehicles has brought significant automotive technologies to the mainstream, with several firsts to its credit and has often been called the best car in the world. It’s in the S-Class that the first electronic ESP and ABS anti-lock braking system made their debut in the 20th century.

Twenty first-century driver assistance technologies which predict driver-behaviour and the vehicle’s course in order to take preventive safety measures are also now a staple of the S-Class. In the latest 2018 S-Class, the S 350 d, a 360-degree network of cameras, radars and other sensors communicate with each other for an ‘intelligent’ driving experience.

The new S-Class systems are built on Mercedes Benz’s cutting-edge radar-based driving assistance features, and also make use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour. In cities and on other crowded roads, the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC helps maintain the distance between car and the vehicle in front during speeds of up to 210 kmph. In the same speed range, Active Steering Assist helps the driver stay in the centre of the lane on stretches of straight road and on slight bends. Blind Spot Assist, meanwhile, makes up for human limitations by indicating vehicles present in the blind spot during a lane change. The new S-Class also communicates with other cars equipped with the Car-to-X communication system about dicey road conditions and low visibility due to fog, rain, accidents etc. en route.

The new S-Class can even automatically engage the emergency system when the driver is unable to raise an alarm. Active Emergency Stop Assist brings the car to a stop if it detects sustained periods of inactivity from the driver when Active Steering Assist is switched on. If the driver doesn’t respond to repeated visual and audible prompts, it automatically activates the emergency call system and unlocks the car to provide access to first responders.

The new Mercedes-Benz S 350 d in India features another notable innovation – the country’s first BS VI norms-compliant car engine, in accordance with government regulations to control vehicular pollution. Debuting two years before the BS VI deadline of 2020, the S 350 d engine also remains compatible with the current BS IV fuels.

The S 350 d is an intelligent car made in India, for Indian roads - in the Mercedes Benz S-Class tradition. See the video below to know what drives the S-Class series by Mercedes Benz.

To know more about the 2018 S-Class, click here.


This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Mercedes Benz and not by the Scroll editorial team.