19:10 GMT27 July 2021
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    British telecom player Vodafone announced the merger of its India operations with Indian telco Idea back in 2018. Headquartered in India’s financial capital Mumbai, the brand provides coverage to around 320 million subscribers. Earlier, in September, Vodafone-Idea rebranded their collective brand to be called "Vi" in India.

    Vi customers from parts of India’s Maharashtra state – including Pune city – took to social networking platforms on Thursday complaining about connectivity problems in the mobile networks, causing inconvenience, especially in these pandemic-ridden times when all work depends on the Internet and phone calls.

    While the telco is yet to acknowledge the issue, Vi customers from parts of India are also revealing that recharges that they have fuelled their SIM cards with since last night have also not been activated by the company as of now.

    With their meme caps on, trolls are flooding Twitter with hilarious reactions to this supposed network outage.

    ​The issue comes just a day after Vishal Vohra, the long-time chief Technology officer (CTO) of Vodafone-Idea, quit the company.

    Earlier, in September, the UK-headquartered telco said it is likely to invest upwards of an extra $900 million (INR 6,600 crore) in India – not as “fresh equity”, but as part of a pre-merger agreement it signed with Idea.

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