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Updated: Telenor Allowed To Acquire 74% In Uninor; Conditions?

Update: According to the press release issued by the government (details below), the approval is subject to certain conditions put forth by India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board. We've requested Uninor for details of these conditions, and will update when we have more information. Earlier: Uninor, the telecom operator earlier known as Unitech Wireless, has received an approval from India's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs to raise its foreign holding to upto 74 percent from Norwegian telecom operator Telenor. Stein-Erik Vellan, MD, Unitech Wireless, in a press statement, has said obviously welcomed the move, adding that "We are currently focused and on-track to launch our services in the country by the end of this year" The approval comes at an opportune moment for Telenor, just 10 days shy of its Q3 Results announcement, and around a month and a half prior to its expected launch of services in India. Telenor currently owns 49 percent in Unitech Wireless, and has plans to increase its holding in Uninor to 67.5 percent by investing NOK 6.4 billion in the company. This deal was referred by India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to the countrys Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, on the basis that the investment is over $600 million. However, there could also have been security concerns over Telenors investments in telecom in Pakistan and Bangladesh (in GrameenPhone). The basis for this approval is not yet known, and we'll update when we have more. Meanwhile, read more on Uninor's rollout plans here. We'll have more updates on…

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