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RCom-Sistema Shyam merger receives nod


The nod brings some relief for the debt- ridden RCom after its merger deal with  Aircel collapsed early this month.  The merger of SSTL will also extend validity of RCom’s spectrum portfolio.

New Delhi : The Department of Telecom (DoT) has cleared the merger of Sistema Shyam Teleservices with Reliance Communications, a deal that will reduce the number of mobile operators in the country to ten. “Reliance Communications Limited (RCOM) has received the Department of Telecommunication’s (DoT) approval for the demerger of the wireless business of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL) into RCom,” the Anil-Ambani led telecom firm said in a statement.

According to a source, the deal was cleared by the DoT on October 20. Under the deal, all wireless business assets of SSTL will come under RCom. However, brand MTS will continue to operate.   SSTL will gets 10 per cent stake in RCom as per the terms of the deal. “With this, Rcom will acquire approximately 2 million customers and additional annual revenues of around Rs 700 crore. In addition, RCom will acquire 30 MHz of the most valuable and superior 800/850 MHz band spectrum, ideally suited for 4G LTE services, to complement its own unique nationwide footprint,” the statement said.  The nod brings some relief for the debt-ridden RCom after its merger deal with Aircel collapsed early this month.