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2010

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2010: 81,778,655
  • Idea won 3G Spectrum in 11 service areas in India. These markets account for over 81% of the company’s total revenue
  • Idea crossed usage of ‘One Billion’ Minutes per day on the network, propelling it amongst the Top 10 country operators in the world
  • Idea emerged as the 3rd largest mobile operator in India, in revenue terms.
 

2009

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2009: 57,611,872
  • Idea becomes a pan-India operator
  • Emerging Company of the Year - fastest growing mobile operator in the world’s fastest growing telecom market
  Becomes pan-India operator in 2009 2010

2008

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2008: 40,016,153
  • Idea acquired 9 licences for Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Chennai, West Bengal, Orissa, Kolkata, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir
  • Acquired Spice Communications with the operating circles of Punjab and Karnataka
  • Launched services in Mumbai metro in the largest single metro city launch, ever
  • Launched services in Bihar
 

2007

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2007: 21,054,027
  • Won an award for the "CARE" service in the "Best Billing or Customer Care Solution" at the GSM Association Awards in Barcelona, Spain
  • Initial Public Offering aggregating to Rs. 28,187 million and Listing of Equity Shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange
  • Merger of seven subsidiaries with Idea Cellular Limited
  • Reached the twenty million subscriber mark
 

2006

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2006: 12,442,450
  • Became part of the Aditya Birla Group subsequent to the TATA Group transferring its entire shareholding in the Company to the Aditya Birla Group
  • Acquired Escorts Telecommunications Limited (subsequently renamed as Idea Telecommunications Limited)
  • Restructuring of debt
  • Launch of the New Circles
  • Reached the 10 million subscriber mark
  • Received Letter of Intent from the DoT for a new UAS License for the Mumbai Circle.
  • Received Letter of Intent from the DoT for a new UAS License for the Bihar Circle through Aditya Birla Telecom Limited. ABNL, the parent of Aditya Birla Telecom Limited, pursuant to a letter dated November 22, 2006, agreed to transfer its entire shareholding in Aditya Birla Telecom Limited to the Company for the consideration of Rs. 100 million.
 

2005

  • Subscriber base as on December 31, 2005: 6,473,962
  • Reached the five million subscriber mark
  • Turned Profit Positive
  • Won an Award for the "Bill Flash" service at GSM Association Awards in Barcelona, Spain
  • Sponsored the International Indian Film Academy Awards
 

2004

  • Completed debt restructuring for the then existing debt facilities and additional funding for the Delhi Circle.
  • Acquired Escotel Mobile Communications Limited (subsequently renamed as
  • Idea Mobile Communications Limited)
  • Reached the four million subscriber mark
  • First operator in India to commercially launch EDGE services 2005
  Acquired Escotel, incumbent cellular service provider in Haryana, UP(W) & Kerala and new licensee in HP 2004

2003

  • Reached the two million subscriber mark
 

2002

  • Changed name to Idea Cellular Limited and launched "Idea" brand name
  • Commenced commercial operations in Delhi Circle
  • Reached the one million subscriber mark
  Brand IDEA launched Delhi operations commence (Nov) 2002

2001

  • Acquired RPG Cellular Limited and consequently the license for the Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh) Circle
  • Changed name to Birla Tata AT&T Limited
  • Obtained license for providing GSM-based services in the Delhi Circle following the fourth operator GSM license bidding process
  Acquired RPG Cellcom, service provider in Madhya Pradesh (Feb) Awarded 2001

2000

  • Merged with Tata Cellular Limited, thereby acquiring original license for the Andhra Pradesh Circle
  2000

1999

  • Migrated to revenues share license fee regime under New Telecommunications Policy ("NTP")
 

1997

  • Commenced operations in the Gujarat and Maharashtra Circles
  MoU for merger between Birla AT&T and Tata Cellular Limited ­ Andhra Pradesh signed (Jan) 1997

1996

  • Changed name to Birla AT&T Communications Limited following joint venture between Grasim Industries and AT&T Corporation
 

1995

  • Incorporated as Birla Communications Limited
  • Obtained licenses for providing GSM-based services in the Gujarat and
  • Maharashtra Circles following the original GSM license bidding process.
 

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