Airtel Lanka to launch on 12 January

5 Jan 2009

Bharti Airtel will launch commercial mobile services in Sri Lanka on 12 January, becoming the fifth cellular player on the island, reports the Indian Economic Times. Airtel will simultaneously roll out 2G and 3G services. The company is investing USD200 million in the rollout, and has outsourced IT operations to IBM while Huawei is building its core network. Bharti Telesoft, part of the Bharti group, will provide value added services. Airtel will compete with Malaysian-owned TM International’s Dialog Telekom, Tigo Sri Lanka, owned by Millicom International Cellular, Hutchison Telecom International’s local unit Hutch Lanka and Mobitel, a subsidiary of incumbent telco Sri Lanka Telecom.

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