Sistema to acquire Aircel for $3 billion
Sistema, Russia’s largest investment company is all set to acquire a controlling stake in Aircel Communications for around $3 billion (~Rs. 16,500 crore) according to a report from The Economic Times. Malaysia’s Maxis Communications owns 74% stake in Aircel that has about 65 million subscribers.
Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) nationally operates its telecom services under the MTS brand that offers mobile services on CDMA technology in India. It lost its license in all the 21 circles in India after the Supreme Court judgement earlier this year.
Aircel’s spokesman has denied of such deal, but ET has confirmed it with 2 of their sources, and they expect that the transaction could be announced shortly.