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India's Idea Cellular, Vodafone in talks over possible merger: CNBC-TV18

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India's third-largest telecommunications company Idea Cellular is exploring a strategic deal with rival Vodafone India, CNBC-TV18 reported on Wednesday.

Citing sources, CNBC-TV18 said the two are in "exploratory talks" that may result in a merger that would knock Bharti Airtel off the top spot among telecom companies in India. Vodafone India is the country's second-largest telco by subscriber base.

Vodafone India and Idea did not immediately respond to CNBC requests seeking a comment

Idea Cellular told CNBC-TV18 the news was "baseless and absolutely false" as well as "preposterous". Vodafone India declined to comment.

To read the full CNBC-TV18 report, click here.

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