The NCLT approval is the final clearance needed before registration of the merged entity, Vodafone Idea Ltd, which will remain listed. The new board will be constituted after registration with the Registrar of Companies (RoC).
The new entity will have 440 million subscribers, a 34.7% revenue market share (RMS), revenue of more than Rs 60,000 crore and combined debt of over Rs 1.15 lakh crore.
Now the telecom industry will be dominated by Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm and Vodafone Idea. They will fight it out for over a billion subscribers in a market that is seeing surging demand for data amid rock-bottom tariffs as the country moves to 4G from 3G and smartphones become more affordable.