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India: Reliance Communications-Aircel – a merger of equals?

Reliance Communications Ltd (R-Com) and Aircel Ltd are likely to complete the merger of their wireless operations by the end of the month.


India: Blackstone has its task cut out with Mphasis

Mphasis Ltd’s latest results are a reminder that growth remains a challenge for the company.


India: Bharti Airtel does well to go on spectrum buying spree

Just when you think Bharti Airtel Ltd already has all the mobile spectrum it needs, the company goes ahead and buys some more. Last Friday, it announced it will pay Rs.3,500 crore to buy spectrum in the 2300MHz band from Aircel Ltd in eight telecom circles. This is less than a month after it agreed to pay Videocon Telecommunications Ltd Rs.4,430 crore for spectrum in the 1800MHz band in six circles. The spectrum in both these bands is suited for fourth-generation (4G) telecom services.


Will Blackstone turn the corner in India with Mphasis buy?

Blackstone Group, which has had a miserable run in India, appears to have struck a decent deal for its investment in Mphasis.


India: As first small finance bank to hit market, Equitas IPO to enjoy first-mover advantage

Equitas Holdings Ltd will be the first so-called small finance bank (SFB) to hit the public markets.


India: Just Dial shares experience high volatility with e-commerce pursuit

Shares of Just Dial Ltd have had a roller coaster ride this year. First, they halved from around Rs.840 at the beginning of the year to Rs.415 in mid-February. Since then, they have rallied back to around Rs.740. While the markets have been volatile this year, Just Dial’s swings are… Read more »


Indian e-commerce player Infibeam’s boldness may unnerve IPO investors

Infibeam is the oddball of the e-commerce industry: its revenue growth is glacial, as compared to Flipkart, but it has managed to post profit. But with the IPO, it has thrown caution to the wind


India: Wipro’s $460m purchase of HealthPlan didn’t cheer investors. Will the bet pay off?

The lack of excitement is understandable. First, the company doesn’t have a great track record in integrating acquired companies.


India’s TCS better off losing bid for Dell’s Perot Systems

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) is seriously evaluating the acquisition of Dell Inc.’s IT services division, according to multiple reports. Technology news website Re/code first said on 14 December that Dell’s talks with TCS had reached an advanced stage, but ended because the companies couldn’t agree on a price. The… Read more »


India: RCom-Aircel merger could help add scale, improve margins & lower costs

Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) has had so many non-binding discussions and agreements in recent years that it’s easy to dismiss them as immaterial. Earlier this month, when the company said it had entered a non-binding agreement for the sale of its tower and optic fibre assets, one analyst said, “We’ll… Read more »