It’s official! Idea and Vodafone have announced their merger on Twitter. Thanks to its current combined strength of 408 million active users, Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Idea Limited’s remark that the merger has created ‘India’s leading telecom operator’, seems on point. With this, the telecom sector now has three major private companies and the state-operated BSNL fighting it out.
After the official announcement, Twitter did have a rather expected meltdown. Leading from the front was Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Twitter account, with sass to die for:
– Reliance Jio (@reliancejio) August 31, 2018
And then, the ‘haveli’ pun happened:
– JioGigaFiber (@JioGigaFiber) August 31, 2018
On August 30, The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the much-speculated merger to create the country’s biggest telecom operator.
Aditya Birla group sent out the official announcement:
It is official!
Merger of @Idea & @VodafoneIN is now complete. Vodafone Idea Limited now No.1 telecom service provider in India & No.2 globally. We’re thrilled and excited about our new 408 million strong family and welcome all the new members! Read more: https://t.co/LbWhTq2vZ3 pic.twitter.com/OmKeFRha5r
– Aditya Birla Group (@AdityaBirlaGrp) August 31, 2018
The company, on their official website, wrote:
The combined company is designed to be agile, digitally savvy and future fit. It is a professionally run world-class organisation, combining the best from both Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. The company is committed to create a truly ‘Digital India’ by enabling millions of citizens to connect, join the digital revolution and build a better tomorrow. It will accelerate India’s progression towards a digital economy with a portfolio of quality products and services on offer under both its popular and loved brands – Vodafone and Idea.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the merger:
First things first:
With such spelling errors on your merger page…. we can expect the kinda service we might get ___ full of REGRETS AND INCONVENIENCE… pic.twitter.com/sxGEJH0HqY
— Anirudh Mamtora (@Anierudh) August 31, 2018
Vodafone-Idea duo be like pic.twitter.com/Plzn3dyhih
– Onkarmaya (@onkarmaya) August 31, 2018
Jio ne bana di Jodi
“JIO Ne Bana Di Jodi” finally my current service provider #Vodafone got merged w/ Aditya Birla’s #Idea 2 found India’s largest cellular company. This merger is outcome of JIOfied India, I hope post this Vodafone will improve its service. I must say Vod-a-Idea SirJi. #vodafoneidea pic.twitter.com/NACgqzF6rO
– Neeraj Rathi (@NeerajKRathi) August 31, 2018
Short and sweet.
Does Vodafone & Idea merger simply mean bad signal in a wider area?
– Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 31, 2018
*Them ‘Yash Raj’ movie feels*
– Aravind M Nair (@aravindnair) August 31, 2018
– Adhiraaj Jadeja __ (@adhirajsinh) September 1, 2018
– Vishal Dang (@purple_keewee) September 1, 2018
We cannot decide whether we’re more excited or nervous about how things will change with this merger.