Around 140-150 million 2G Vodafone-Idea subscribers may get seriously affected if the recently-merged telecommunications company goes bankrupt.
The affected users will mainly be the daily wagers who will now need to pay higher subscription rates while moving to its rivals. If they get transferred to another company like Reliance Jio, the users will have to pay for 4G network as Reliance doesn’t have a 2G network.
VI, in its petition to the Supreme Court, has said that if it goes bankrupt, then more than 27 crore subscribers will be left in chaos. The company has 11.9 crore wireless broadband, or 3G/4G, subscribers, while the rest are 2G ones.
According to a company executive, after the shut down of the VI network, Airtel could increase the price and might not want the 2G users and in case of Jio the users have to buy new phones to support their 4G network system.
It is hoped by many analysts that TRAI will come to protect and should ensure that Vodafone-Idea's 2G users can port or upgrade conveniently and affordably.
The company is fighting to get a space in the market and compete with other leading companies, however it is seeking help from the government and other entities to survive.