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Aircel May Shut Down Services, Sell Assets to Larger Telco: Report

Discussion in 'Internet & Telecom news' started by l0n3ly, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. l0n3ly

    l0n3ly ★★★★

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    Is it true news ?

    Aircel May Shut Down Services, Sell Assets to Larger Telco: Report:
    Struggling GSM player Aircel may slowly shut down services in the country, following a failed attempt at merging operations with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), the Economic Times reported on Tuesday. The telco, which has a gross debt of some Rs. 20,000 crore, is likely to sell its wireless assets, excluding spectrum, to a larger telecom service provider.
    According to the ET report, Aircel may sell its 40,000 towers to another company.
    The report, citing various analysts, said that Bharti Airtel could be the most likely buyer of Aircel’s wireless assets and subscribers. Such as move will allow Airtel to quickly add subscribers in Aircel’s stronger markets like Tamil Nadu, which will allow it counter Vodafone-Idea Cellular combine and Reliance Jio.
    Some analysts, however, think that the Vodafone-Idea combine could also be a potential buyer.
    Notably, Aircel can’t sell its 2G or 3G airwaves due to a court diktat. However, if the Supreme Court clears any move by Aircel to sell its airwaves, the telco would be able to structure the deal in a different manner.
    The report added that Aircel’s move to shut down operations through the bankruptcy route would invoke the bank guarantees of Malaysian parent Maxis, which could lead to a long drawn legal tussle. It further added that the telco is looking at restructuring its debt while shrinking its operations to focus on a few of its stronger circles including Tamil Nadu, the Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir.
    Aircel currently has around 89 million subscribers that could be a part of its wireless asset deal with a larger telco in India.
    The apex court had earlier threatened cancellation of Aircel’s licences and barred it from selling its 2G or 3G airwaves until representatives of its Malaysia-based parent company appear before it. The court’s diktat was the key reason for the cancellation of the telco’s merger with RCom.
    Interestingly, Maxis’ promoter T Ananda Krishnan and former executive Ralph Marshall still haven’t appeared in court.


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  2. Biswajit Dhara

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  3. srijan ojha

    srijan ojha Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    but hare in kolkata 60% customer is on aircel...
  4. l0n3ly

    l0n3ly ★★★★

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    Ab Reliance k bad aircel ka hi number hai shut down ka.:mad:
  5. sk679558

    sk679558 ★★★★★

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    bad news.i have over 1000 rupees in main balance
  6. Simplytion

    Simplytion ★★★ ProActive

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    I have an Aircel prepaid SIM, they are sending me messages non-stop to link Aadhaar card. No such messages from RCOM SIM
  7. Zhako

    Zhako ★★★ ProActive

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    Sk, if you have 1000 rupees in main balance, then it would be wise thing to do to spend these as swiftly as possible. In opposite, you can lose all your balance in a very short period of time when they close all their operations

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