Aircel Files for Bankruptcy Leaving 84 Million Users in Disarray

As the headline itself states, it’s official now. Aircel has filed for Bankruptcy at National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT)- Mumbai bench today, leaving 84 million subscribers across the country in disarray. Aircel, in some circles also stated that the network would go away and even informing users via an SMS to look for an alternate operator to stay connected. Furthermore, the company has joined hands with Airtel for Intra Circle Roaming arrangement and intimating the customers to manually select Aircel 2G network in order to generate a porting code post today midnight.


“The Board of Directors acknowledged that it has been facing troubled times in a highly financially stressed industry, owing to intense competition following the disruptive entry of a new player, legal and regulatory challenges, high level of unsustainable debt and increased losses. This has caused significant negative business and reputational impact on the Company,” said Aircel in a press statement.

This was a long way coming as Aircel is the only small telecom operator left out in the industry to battle with the likes of Airtel, Reliance Jio and others. Aircel has been struggling since 2016, especially after the entry of Reliance Jio to the Indian market. Immediately, the telco announced a merger with Reliance Communications, but the latter lapsed the merger blaming regulatory approvals.


Aircel was reportedly said to be looking for a merger with Bharti Airtel, but that didn’t go through. After all the hurdles, Aircel finally filed for bankruptcy, in-line with a recent report. Aircel currently has a debt of Rs 15,600 crores. Aircel said that “Post detailed discussions with the financial lenders and shareholders, the Company could not reach a consensus concerning the restructuring of its debt and funding.”

This move from Aircel will allow other telecom operators such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea Cellular to make massive promotion and grab Aircel’s 84 million subscriber base. Aircel even approached telecom regulator Trai to fasten the MNP process, so that the users should not be affected by this move from the company.

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March 3, 2018 9:43 pm 9:43 PM

Esmail :

Even 2.75G* and 3G networks will support voice and data at the same time. What is the major difference between voice calls made on 3G and 4G VoLTE?.

* means : RGSM had the feature in 2009.

Kaushik IMA
March 4, 2018 6:10 pm 6:10 PM

Higher voice quality. Moreover, unifying voice and data networks into one greatly enhances the traffic capacity meaning there can be very good improvement in call drops and disconnection issues.

March 5, 2018 12:13 am 12:13 AM

So 3G and VoLTE do the same thing (voice and data at the same time). Right?.

Kaushik IMA
March 6, 2018 10:34 am 10:34 AM

Yes but since 2G and 3G require dedicated circuits/hardware for voice calls there is both an energy and capacity disadvantage. 4G tech can improve network experience by reduction in service/quality fixing times.

3G still operates on separate circuits for voice traffic though working simultaneously with data. VoLTE does this by unifying both traffics into one.

Moiz Bharmal
March 3, 2018 6:29 pm 6:29 PM

BSNL IS offering Cheapest Tarriff with good network all over India.

Aircel The No.1 Network of India
March 4, 2018 3:49 pm 3:49 PM
Cellone is quit good in coverage with best voice clarity across Bengal circle but the issue is they don’t have proper 3g coverage. I think after the complete consolidation of telecom sector in India GOI can revive it once again, remember those days when Atal ji gave them 2g licence early 2000’s and then Cellone became the 2nd largest mobile operator of India despite the presence of Reliance India mobile and the other 4 players. So now only few players are left and two them headed for merger which will least the competition and then cellone will revive through pricing… Read more »
March 5, 2018 12:13 am 12:13 AM

Answer for aircel shutdown.

March 4, 2018 11:12 pm 11:12 PM

Are you still alive?.

March 2, 2018 12:17 am 12:17 AM

Waiting for jio to be in the race before 2025. Lol.

March 2, 2018 10:44 am 10:44 AM

Operator which you waiting to be in race, force no. 1 operator Aircel to shut down.