Tata to merge consumer mobile business with Airtel

India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has agreed to a merger with Tata Group’s consumer mobile business. Bharti Airtel will absorb Tata Group’s operations across 19 circles under Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra). The merger will include the transfer of over 40 million customers and Airtel will assume a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata.