Today, we have created the ‘World’s second largest’ and ‘India’s Numero Uno’ player in the telecom mobility space. It is truly an epochal moment!
And this is not just about creating a large business, it is much much more.
It is about the compelling vison of empowering and enabling a New India, pivoted on the aspiration of the youth of our country. “Digital India”, as our Honorable Prime Minister describes it, is a monumental nation building opportunity. And, I would like all of you to view our new entity through this lens.
This unique Vodafone-Idea combine has a long list of intrinsic competencies - such as the best of global capability and local understanding; we draw from global business processes; our world class technology and global mindsets. Given Vodafone PLC and Aditya Birla Group’s huge global presence, are vantage factors. Above all, we enjoy more than a century of trust, respect and admiration of all our stakeholders of our combined brands.
Our partnership makes us the largest mobile voice network reaching nearly 90% of the population. In terms of sheer scale and size, we have more than 270,000 GSM sites and 340,000 broadband sites. Vodafone Idea is equipped with industry leading spectrum portfolio. It has 1,850 MHz and a deep fiber spread of 250,000 kilometers across the length and breadth of the country. Our biggest asset remains our customer base of over 408 million subscribers - the highest in the industry.
We will need to offer innovative services and solutions of content, media, education, healthcare, governance, IoT based solutions and many such more.
We are extremely confident of the huge opportunity that the Indian wireless telecom sector presents in the long term. I count on all of you to make a sincere, concerted, focused and an enthusiastic endeavor to make Vodafone-Idea a shining success story.