Airtel expects more 'low-end' customers to leave its network

Airtel expects more low-end customers to leave its network

New Delhi: After losing 5.7 crore customers in December, Bharti Airtel expects more "low-end" subscribers to leave its network, according to a company official. "This quarter we lost 49 million customers which are marginal customers and which were giving us largely incoming only revenue. Definition of customer is now revenue earning customers from service revenue rather than incoming revenue," Gopal Vittal, the MD and CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel, said during.

Vittal in financial report statement on Thursday said that effective October-December 2018 quarter, the company modified its customer base measurement to represent only transacting and revenue generating customers. The company accordingly reported presence of 28.4 crore customers on its network in December.

However, when compared to subscriber data of the Trai, the company's subscriber base dipped by around 5.7 crore.

"We have cleaned 49-50 million subscriber last quarter. This is primarily the low ARPU, low end customers who were primarily incoming customers who have gone away from our system. This is exactly in line with whatever Gopal (Vittal) had suggested in the previous quarter. There could be some more to go here and there," Bharti Airtel Chief Financial Officer Badal Bagri said.



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