Aircel customers are leaving the network in massive numbers, all credit goes to the company's financial issues. Airtel has confirmed that it added over 1.5 million Aircel customers in Tamil Nadu state alone. With this, the company now has over 20 million customers in the Tamil Nadu state alone as reported by PTI. It is also said that Airtel has got the highest share of close to 50% of port-ins from Aircel customers across the country. This news was confirmed by Manoj Murali, CEO-Tamil Nadu and Kerala Hub, Bharti Airtel.
"It is gratifying to see more Aircel customers choosing Airtel as their trusted network. We welcome them to the Airtel family and assure them of best-in-class services", Murali said. Furthermore, he also confirmed that the deployment of over 13,000 new mobile broadband sites across the Tamil Nadu. With the new deployment, Airtel's total number of mobile sites in the state stands at 33,000 and is said to cover 95% of the population.
Last week, Airtel said that it had added more than two million Aircel customers on to its network across the country to ET, which is the highest number produced by any operator until now.
Most of the Aircel customers in the Tamil Nadu and Chennai regions have already ported out to other networks such as Idea Cellular, Vodafone India and BSNL. Reliance Jio has been silent about the additions though, but the company must be welcoming a good number of Aircel customers though.
Vodafone India, last week confirmed that it has added over one million Aircel customers to its network and also has set up the retail touch points across the entire Tamil Nadu state. Through these touch points, Vodafone will be helping out the customers who're looking out to port out from Aircel to Vodafone and these touch points will be open for seven days.
BSNL also claimed that it added over 1.2 million new customers in a week alone, adding that four lakh customers have joined the network through MNP. Idea Cellular did not reveal any number, but going by the subscriber addition report for the month of February 2018, it surely has gained some Aircel subscribers via MNP.