Bharti Airtel has achieved a new milestone in Jammu and Kashmir recently. Airtel now has over 5 million subscribers in J&K region, following the successful migration of Aircel subscribers. A new report from PTI states that Airtel added more than 83% of Aircel subscribers in the region and as a result, its subscriber base has grown bigger in recent times. For the uninitiated, telecom operator Aircel filed for bankruptcy at the end of February 2018, which left more than 80 million customers in disarray. In other regions as well, Airtel has a lead in terms of adding Aircel customers onto its network.
Recently, over 83% of all Aircel customers in the state ported to Airtel, a company spokesperson said to PTI. Also, Airtel is planning aggressive network expansion in the Jammu and Kashmir by adding 11,400 new mobile sites during the remaining period of H1 FY2019. "The company has also announced a massive network expansion drive to further scale up its high-speed data services across Jammu and Kashmir," the spokesperson added.
Manu Sood, Hub CEO-Upper North, Bharti Airtel said, "This is yet another major milestone for Airtel and we would like to thank our over 50 lakh customers in Jammu and Kashmir for giving us the opportunity to serve them."
The Sunil Mittal-led telco is also planning to deploy over 1,500 kms of fresh optical fibre in the region, in order to increase the growth of high-speed data services in J&K.
Bharti Airtel is currently the leading telecom operator in India with a subscriber base of close to 310 million. In the next few weeks, Airtel will be dethroned by the merged entity of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, both in terms of subscriber market share and revenue market share. Airtel' subscriber base will also receive a slight boost when the entire customer base of Tata Teleservices migrates onto its network.