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Vodafone Idea Integrates 25% of Radio Network Across India

The mered entity is a partnership between the Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone

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Telecom major Vodafone Idea has completed the integration of their mobile network in eight telecom circles post merger of the two entities, leading to a doubling of improvement in 4G services.

The merged enitity said in a statement here on Sunday that, as a result of the operation, 25 per cent of the network integration across India is now complete.

“Vodafone Idea successfully consolidates 25 per cent of its nationwide radio network in just five months,” the statement said.

“With this integration of network, customers of both Vodafone and Idea brands are able to enjoy a unified network experience on 2G, 3G and 4G, in the service areas of West Bengal, Haryana, HP, Assam, North East, AP and Telangana (excluding Hyderabad), Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.”

The company said its 4G network now covers over 75 crore population on a pan-India level.

“Radio network consolidation completed in 8 circles and 4G coverage extended to over 750 million population on a pan-India level,” it said.

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“With joint spectrum firing, 4G throughput has shown quick improvement of ‘1X to 2X’ in many of these service areas.”

Besides full radio network consolidation in these eight service areas, Vodafone Idea said its 4G network consolidation has been completed in Bengaluru and 4G services have now been made available to both Vodafone and Idea customers in Kolkata metro.

“The company has also re-farmed 10 MHz of 4G spectrum of Vodafone in Mumbai to enable its customers in the metro get better data experience,” the statement said.

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The Vodafone India and Idea Cellular merger was completed last August following approval by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

The mered entity is a partnership between the Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone. (IANS)

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Vodafone Battles Income Tax Department Seeking Refunds

After the Supreme Court judgement on AGR, tax officers are in fix that since refund is pending how do they adjust with the AGR payments

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Vodafone India and the Income Tax Department are battling it out as Vodafone seeks refunds while the Income Tax Department is laying claim to previous demands.

From assessment year 2006-07 to 2013-14, Income Tax department has raised demands of Rs 1842 crore and the demands under different sections have been stayed by the tribunal.

These include Section 250, 143, 143 (3), and 263, all of which have been stayed by the tribunal.

As per the tax assessment in the Mumbai circle, in 2010-11, The demand of assessment year was Rs 2127 crore adjusted against refund on October 11 by CPC although the demand was stayed by ITAT.

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The refund was approved but the refund was not issued due to a error while reading by CPC-ITR. A complaint was lodged for the same by IT Department.

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Thereafter for 2018-19, the scrutiny is pending and therefore the refund has been withdeld under Section 281 B of the IT Act. Since the scrutiny is pending no refund has been give,

After the Supreme Court judgement on AGR, tax officers are in fix that since refund is pending how do they adjust with the AGR payments. (IANS)