BSNL Also Seeking Legal Pathway to Recover Dues from Aircel

This is the second time in the week that a report relating to Aircel has surfaced which talks about another telecom operator approaching the already bankrupt company to recover their dues. This time it happens to be the government-run entity, BSNL who has approached the Communications Ministry in a plea to recover their services. Previously, two big private telecom operators- Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have also been seen preparing for a legal battle to recover their money from the debt-laden telco giant. BSNL seems to be also walking on the same lines and is probably planning to ensue a legal way to sort things out with Aircel. To accomplish this, the PSU has written a letter to the Department of Telecom in which they have described their woes.


Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told the PTI regarding the same, confirming doubts by the Industry Experts, thus making sure that BSNL was indeed confident about taking the legal pathway to recover their dues from Aircel. Shrivastava said, “As regards to recovery of outstanding dues, BSNL could recover Rs 32 crore from bank guarantees (BG), and the balance will be recovered after reconciliation of some other BGs held by us or by BGs held by Government of India or through the legal process.”

BSNL also made a statement saying that they had taken this step because previously Aircel had failed to reply to a formal e-mail query which was sent by the operator. It should be noted that some time ago Aircel declared bankruptcy under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code citing reasons like “troubled times” in the “highly financially stressed” industry.

BSNL made it clear in its statement that since the announcement of the news of Aircel going bankrupt, BSNL made quick moves to recover their due amounts through the obvious available ways of follow-ups and using the bank guarantees furnished by them. Regardless of these attempts, BSNL was only able to secure their Rs 32.2 crores from the total due amount of Rs 42 crores.

BSNL also had some additional insights to share on the same matter. They said citing the aforementioned statements that this was the reason that the PSU had to resort to legal pathways for recovering their dues “by way of setting off any excess amounts of the company that may be available with the Department of Telecommunications”.

Aircel announced its Bankruptcy in February following its decline in revenue and profits after intense competition from other telcos. Also, the pressure of regulatory challenges, high level of debt over the operator caused the enormous “negative business and reputational impact” according to the debt-ridden company.

Shrivastava further told PTI that post the incident of Aircel stopping its services for the users BSNL was able to port in about 35 lakh customers. Another report by telecom regulator revealed that BSNL had 9.40% share of mobile services market as on January 31 and added 3.96 lakh new customers during the same month. Despite the impressive figures in the start of new year the corporation’s losses stood at Rs 4,793 crore during 2016-17 which happen to be somehow lower than Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 8,235 crore in 2014-15.

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April 2, 2018 5:44 pm 5:44 PM

repeat query
any aircel tower working ?

Proxima Midnight
April 2, 2018 10:28 pm 10:28 PM

yes, in Delhi but a few areas

April 3, 2018 2:57 pm 2:57 PM

which one?

April 2, 2018 9:57 am 9:57 AM

Only bsnl with exist with Jio. All others will shutdown before 2020. Avoid is just spending bank’s money now , when banks will stop giving money to them, they will declare bankrupt. Avoid is greater thief than Vijay Malya

April 1, 2018 6:19 pm 6:19 PM

And how can a consumer seek a legal pathway against BS*L for not providing adequate services and to expose their loot system as they always promote bsnl 3G as superfast and then providing speeds of 0.10mbps all the time everywhere to consumers

S Gopal
April 2, 2018 1:37 pm 1:37 PM

As for any operator, through the Consumer Forum/ State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission/National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

The forum you opt for will depend on what is the presumptive monetary loss/claim for the alleged deficiency in service, that being of consistently providing below 512 kbps speeds.

April 2, 2018 12:49 am 12:49 AM

Most of the BSNL 3G towers are just H and not H+.

April 2, 2018 3:30 am 3:30 AM
Exactly! And at this time when all operators are providing 4G, bsl subscribers still getting H speeds which are too low, not even H+, yesterday i met my uncle at mall and he was like, pls look at this mobile phone, i have been trying to send some PDFs to my frnd and it always says failed, i check his phone, tried for myself and after long 10-15 mins of uploading it said failed. I turned my hotspot on and tried sending then ,,,,and it didn’t even took 20 seconds when the file got uploaded & sent, i tried downloading… Read more »
Dinesh Sharma
April 1, 2018 7:29 pm 7:29 PM

BSNL 3G is way better than that of AIRTEL ,at least in Himachal Pradesh.And they provide coverage even in the remotest part of the state.

April 2, 2018 11:52 pm 11:52 PM

In himachal only bsnl 2g is good. Their 3G is s##t. For data only rely on airtel and jio in himachal.

S Gopal
April 2, 2018 1:44 pm 1:44 PM

I agree, across Himachal Pradesh BSNL is dependable.

mausam singh
April 2, 2018 10:32 am 10:32 AM

I don’t know why private players don’t install networks in Spiti and all.. In Shimla Jio and all are fine….

Kaushik IMA
April 2, 2018 4:40 am 4:40 AM

In MPCG BSNL is good only for 2G.

April 1, 2018 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

Come to Haryana punjab Rajasthan gujrat, why there’s always 8 out of 10 comments negative about BsNl… Just bcoz it’s providing good coverage in One or two specific states, doesn’t means it’s a good operator. . And there’s figures which tells us that bsNl loosing customers quickly.

April 2, 2018 9:00 pm 9:00 PM

In Gujarat, BSNL has improved a lot in last 3 /4 years

S Gopal
April 2, 2018 1:43 pm 1:43 PM

By the way, the network in parts of Rajasthan and Haryana have improved, especially in 3G coverage in the former and H+ connectivity in the latter.

S Gopal
April 2, 2018 1:42 pm 1:42 PM

You would be surprised that the BSNL Mobile network is not just dependable in one or two states, but in quite a many. From Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Kerala, Lakshwadeep, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, ,Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
April 3, 2018 9:52 am 9:52 AM

No, not in Karnataka. Never did. BSNL has been a headache for a few of my friends from years and they ported out finally. Even now I took BSNL sim to check their coverage and data speeds and half the time there was no network signal.

Ankit Jain
April 2, 2018 7:43 am 7:43 AM

I am in Punjab too, BSnl gives me 10 Mbps on H+ whereas others 4G is not even closer in my area