Hello, readers, we are back to you with a news of Reliance Communication to close the 2G service in a month.
Reliance Communications RCom has planned to close its 2G mobile service in a period of 30 days. They are closing this service due to mounting losses. The 3G and 4G services will be running till the time they are profitable.
RCom planning to shut down 2G services in a month’s time
Gurdeep Singh the Executive Director of RCom has informed the employees that the company has reached till a situation where we need to call it a day on our wireless business” and this would lead to the closure of “wireless business 30 days from now”.
He also said, RCom will continue to run ILD voice, consumer voice and 4G dongle services and the business of mobile tower till the time they get profit. While all other business will be closed.
A source close to the company told The Hindu “We will ask our 2G and 3G customers to upgrade to our 4G network as we are making losses in the 2G business due to free voice calls offered by another telco.” RCom has 81 million subscribers, from these 81 about 40 million users use 2G network.
When the company was asked to comment on this issue, a spokesperson from RCom said, “As already announced on October 1, 2017, RCom has decided to adopt a 4G-focussed strategy for profitable growth of its wireless business.
Accordingly, RCom will be optimising its 2G and 3G footprint and related infrastructure and human resources, with effect from November 30, 2017.”
Even an email query was sent to RCom which remained unanswered.
The step was taken after Reliance Communications lost under a debt of around Rs. 46,000 crores which failed to close its wireless business deal with Aircel in the starting of October.
Last year, In September, RCom and Aircel signed an agreement to merge their phone business. But On Sunday, RCom revealed that the agreement has expired to legal authorities.
Gurdeep Singh also mentioned about the closure of the company’s DTH business. The license of DTH will expire on 21st November.
Aircel was one of the various possible transactions which Ambani was pushing to reduce RComs debt. On Sunday, the company said that it will review the alternate plan to cut the debt which has sharing and trading of its spectrum which has value of about Rs 19,000 crore.