Airtel to make its grand entry tomorrow
Bharti Airtel, a leading mobile service provider in India will
commence operations tomorrow in Sri Lanka, which is expected to
revolutionise the country’s mobile phone industry with its
state-of-the-art technology and customer-friendly services.
Head of Corporate Communications of Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka, Yohan
Munaweera said that the company was happy to launch their operations in
Sri Lanka and declined to comment further.
Bharti Airtel is the fifth player in the highly competitive mobile
phone market in the country and will be faced with stiff competition.
President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd., Sanjay Kapoor said
the company is committed to provide the best products and services to
its customers in Sri Lanka.
“Our focus in the Sri Lankan market is to weigh affordability and
support it with innovations to delight customers”, Kapoor said. Bharti
Airtel will invest approximately US$200 million to set up and expand its
services, which will span over a period of five years from the award of
licence in April 2007.
“The company will use a major share of the investment in the initial
12-18 months as it will be the timeframe to set up operations”, he said.
He said the company has a talented team which has done a great job in
setting up operations, and works with world renowned partners such as
IBM for information technology and Huawei for network.
A spokesman for Dialog GSM said that they welcome competition and
will offer the best services to their loyal customers.
“Dialog is confident that it can do well and will continue to provide
value added services to be a key player in the industry”, he said.
Officials of Tigo said they needed time and declined to comment on the
new entrant into the market.
Dialog, Tigo, Hutch, Mobitel and Airtel are the time mobile phone
operators in Sri Lanka.