AIRCEL DEAD OR JUST NETWORK ISSUES?
Receny the Chennai based,Indian telecom company Aircel is going through a tough time. The company is facing a severe fund crunch and has told its employees to prepare for the worst. According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) annual report 2015-16, Aircel has a subscriber base of over 8.709 crore in India.
PRESENT SCENARIO :
At the end of January 2018, Aircel had shut down its services in six circles which includes Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (West).
The services in other regions also have been hit.
According to some of the customers they were neither able to make a call nor receive and they termed it as the first step towards total closure of services. Some complained that they were unable to use the mobile number porting facility due to network issues.
However the company outlet employees tried to convince the protesting customers, saying the rumours were spread by the competitors and claimed there were no such issues.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) has asked Aircel to generate Unique Porting Codes (UPCs) in its remaining 16 - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, North East, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP (East) and West Bengal.
1.Aircel is facing severe financial crisis due to lack of investments from its parent company Maxis. So it couldn't pay its tower and interconnection charges.
2.GTL Infrastructure tower firm had switched off nearly one-third of the total Aircel towers due to non-payment of dues.
3. Other operators like Vodafone and Idea, have switched off interconnection in many regions.
STEPS TAKEN :
1.As an emergency measure, Aircel is negotiating with other operators for intra-circle roaming arrangements.
2.To ensure subscriber convenience, TRAI has granted additional port out codes to Aircel with extended validity of 45 days instead of the usual 15 days.The Board of Directors of Aircel , today announced that they have filed an application under Section 10 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 for undertaking Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process for the company.
The company isn't shutting down, not atleast in the near future so Aircel customers needn't panic and should co-operate with the company by providing it some time to adjust.