vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:07:42 PM
re: BPL Mobile Rebrands Will Aircel push itself into buying Loop Telecom by BPL Mobile. Aircel is held primarily by Malaysia's Maxis Communications. Loop is held indirectly by Essar Group, which has some direct stakes in Telecom, some indirect through Vodafone, and now some through Loop. Would Essar try and exit Loop by selling it to Maxis is a Million $ question. This has created a web of entanglements. This could also signal a consolidation exercise. Maxis could gain from this deal, as they have been trying to gain significant ground in the Indian Telecom market. Time to get aggressive...

The Mumbai circle valuation remains the key in any deal that shall happen with Loop Telecom. Loop a.k.a BPL is a great band in Mumbai, the Aircel is a much greater brand in the southern part of the country. In case of a merger, it remains to be seen as to Loop dominates or Aircel.

Of notable interest is, any hand of Essar has seen numerous brand transitions. The erstwhile Orange --> Hutch --> Vodafone was one notable aspect. The strange part though is that all the three of them had quite substantial Brand Valuation, near about 25 to 30%, or so..

vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:07:42 PM
re: BPL Mobile Rebrands McCann could landup the branding deal from Datacom. Datacom and other new entrants in India are in dire need of Branding - an innovative one too - to beat the incumbents like Airtel, Reliance, Idea, Vodafone, BSNL and the likes...

Interesting stage has been set ..

vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:07:19 PM
re: BPL Mobile Rebrands

... and now Aircel says "We are not in the Loop for Loop". Aircel has dismissed talks of Loop acquisition as pure speculative. In the interim though, this grapevine has provided some room for future consolidation.

you could see the landscape getting into scores and then finally coming back to few numbers. Maybe 4 (Leader, Challenger, Niche and Laggard)

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