After a month of their merger, Vodafone and Idea are facing difficulties in rationalising and integrating businesses together, Mint reported.
The combined entity is facing challenges ranging from trimming excess mobile sites and rationalising human resources to expanding 4G network, even as both brands continued to fight for market share in an intensely competitive market, the report said.
“You cannot be running both networks. The equipment is from different vendors. In any given geography, they will have to decide which is the primary vendor. One network will shut down but the sites that you need have to be aligned to the other network. And base stations have to be made similar ... this process could take up to six months,” Mint said, citing a source familiar with the developments.
Vodafone with a subscriber base of more than 408 million and 32 percent market share has embarked on the same.
In March 2017, Vodafone had 13,187 employees and Idea had 11,784, taking the total count to 24,971 employees. However, in the recent turn of events, employees have been asked to take salary cuts or transferred to a different circle at the same designation, the report added.
First Published: IST