There Is Nobody In India Who Can Buy Airtel: Sunil Mittal

Johannesburg: Asserting that there is nobody in India who can buy Airtel , Bharti group Chairman Sunil Mittal said the telecom firm will look at opportunities to acquire another firm in India, provided that there is a clear merger and acquisition policy in place.

“I don’t think so that there is anybody in India who can buy us,” Mittal told PTI here when asked about the new M&A norms in the works and as to whether his company would be the biggest buyer or the biggest seller. However, he added: “We will be looking at opportunities (for consolidation) but for that a clear M&A policy which has the objective of being an enabler for consolidation is required.”

Airtel is India’s largest telecom company with 192.22 million subscribers as of August-end. The company had a market capitalisation of Rs 1.28 lakh crore as on October 1. It is among the world’s top five telecom firms and has operations in 20 countries in Asia and Africa with total subscriber base of over 275 million.

Mittal also said its partner SingTel would like Airtel to be a consolidator in the market.

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Source: PTI