After having an unsuccessful bid with South African based MTN, Bharti is now considering buying Millicom’s Sri Lankan assets. Millicom International Cellular, also known as Tigo, is a mobile phone network provider operating majorly in America, Africa and Asia. Based in Luxembourg, the company provides mobile services in 16 countries and has recently put its mobile operations in Sri Lanka up for sale.
Airtel has finally launched its impending GSM services in the Sri Lankan island. The service will be offered by Airtel’s subsidiary, Bharti Airtel Lanka Pvt Ltd while the network will be managed by Huawei and IBM as a partner to manage the infrastructure.
Airtel is making its presence felt in the region. To promote the service, they are offering free SIM cards to any users from Jan 12 till Jan 25. However, the user needs to activate the card by recharging it with a Rs. 100 coupon.
Bharti Airtel will be soon seen providing its services to our southern neighboring island, Sri Lanka. The company is looking to launch itself anytime before the end of this year if they are able to sort out interconnection issues. The Airtel has accused local operators like Dialog, Hutch, Mobitel and Tigo for being anticompetitive in nature and not allowing interconnection to its network. The problem will obviously be resolved soon but do you remember Airtel? You did the same thing to another operator, a few weeks before? The old saying, ‘Jaisi karni waisi bharni’ seems apt here.