Bharati Airtel goes for mobile penetration
Sri Lanka has many opportunities for growth in the telecommunication
industry and with Bharati Airtel launching the 2G and 3G services the
subscriber penetration level will increase sharply said President,
Mobile Services, Bharati Airtel Ltd. Sanjay Kapoor.
He was addressing the media on the company's plans to launch the 2G
and 3G services by the end of the current financial year 2007-08 of
Bharati Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., a subsidiary of Bharati Airtel India's
largest telecommunication service provider. Kapoor said US$ 200 million
will be invested to set up and expand its operations in the country over
the next five years.
Sanjay Kapoor addresses the media.
Pic by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa.
"The 2G and 3G services have not seeped properly into the Sri Lankan
telecommunication market. Bharati will offer value added services to its
new customers and make its contribution to the country", he said.
Kapoor said it was premature to disclose the company's strategic
partner but it will look into expanding its network throughout the
He said Sri Lankan customers will benefit with the arrival of a new
competitor. "Mobile penetration in Sri Lanka is low compared to
Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia which is around 40-50 percent and the
growth rate is increasing" he said.
Executive Director, Bharati Airtel Sanjay Nandrajog said with the
mobile penetration at around 30 percent and growing at approximately two
million mobile users per annum, the company is keen to enter the Sri
Bharati Airtel has over 42 million mobile customers and was rated
among the best performing companies in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list