Business Idea, Vodafone pay Rs 7,249 crore under protest to telecom department for merger Updated : July 24, 2018 09:18 AM IST The DoT gave a conditional nod for merger of these companies on July 9. The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country's largest telecom operator worth over $23 billion. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.