Mumbai: Vodafone Group Plc`s Indian arm is in exploratory talks around a possible merger with its smaller domestic rival Idea Cellular , according to a CNBC TV18 report on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
A spokesman for Vodafone India, India`s No. 2 mobile carrier by market share, declined to comment on the report. A spokeswoman for Idea also declined to comment on the matter.
Shares in Idea, the country`s No. 3 operator, rose 5.7 percent in afternoon trading following the news.