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Bharti Airtel hopes to enter Sri Lankan telecom market this year

Telecom major Bharti Airtel today said the company hopes to start operations in Sri Lanka within this calendar year, despite the delay in getting interconnection from the local operators there.

“Discussions are going on with the Sri Lankan telecom regulator and the existing operators there relating to the interconnection issue. It should be sorted out shortly,” company’s CEO Manoj Kohli told reporters here.

“We should be in a position to start our operations there before 2008. It is as per our schedule,” he said.

Earlier a Senior Executive of Bharti Airtel, Sanjay Kapoor said the incumbent operators in Lanka are not giving interconnections to the company, which is anticompetitive in nature.

Responding to that four Sri Lankan operators had issued a joint statement yesterday terming Bharti’s allegations as false.

The four operators – Dialog, Hutch, Mobitel and Tigo lashed out at Bharti Airtel on being accused that they are preventing the company’s entry into the island by not providing interconnection on the same terms.

Source: Press Trust of India

26 Comments to Bharti Airtel hopes to enter Sri Lankan telecom market this year

  1. Sapumal's Gravatar Sapumal
    January 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Ado Farzan,,,
    balan hitapan mottaya…

  2. January 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I wish Airtel would introduce iphone to Sri lanka

    I am keeping the free SIM until this is introduced

  3. Nalaka's Gravatar Nalaka
    January 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    ehenan donald, ubata kaalaantharayak balaa inna wei
    aneh moooda petiyo, gihin maalu allapan wena wedak neththan

  4. January 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    We Have No Airtel Network Coverage..
    Airtel !
    Coming Soon…

    Location : Kiriwaana
    (Gampaha District)

  5. January 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    We Want Airtel Network Coverage..
    Airtel !
    Coming Soon…

    Location : Radawana
    (Gampaha District)

  6. Sapumal's Gravatar Sapumal
    January 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    waren ape gedara mam ubata tower 2kma daaala dennam…

    Roshan, Dilruk ubala maha meeeeharak jaathiyak…
    lankaawe dewal ganin harako…
    Airtel epaa….

  7. January 29, 2009 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    ciao air tel,
    I wan’t to know about ur packages.

  8. Nirmal's Gravatar Nirmal
    February 6, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Long time ago i wrote on this blog and seems my every prediction come true.
    Nothing more to say.
    Be Sri lankan Buy Sri lankan

  9. Sapumal's Gravatar Sapumal
    February 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    @ Nirmal
    U 100% correct Nirmal

  10. Pissek's Gravatar Pissek
    February 12, 2009 at 9:06 am | Permalink


    I am waiting until you INCREASE the call rates to Rs 2.50 by 31st March. Please increase it, so that our fools will understand the taste of your shit.


  11. Mazeen's Gravatar Mazeen
    February 13, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Awiting the connection of Airtel . Can we bee the dealer in KAndy

  12. Sapumal's Gravatar Sapumal
    February 17, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Onna Mobitel charges adukalaaaa

    Mobitel is the best.
    Mobitel Rocks..
    Mobitel is the no1 mobile operator in Sri Lanka….


  13. Sapumal's Gravatar Sapumal
    February 17, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Outgoing Voice & Video Calls 24 Hours of the day (per minute) 1st Year After
    1st Year After
    2nd Year
    To M Best Friend Mobitel Number** Rs. 1
    To Mobitel Numbers Rs. 2 Rs. 1.80 Rs. 1.60
    To Any other Local Number Rs. 2.50 Rs. 2.25 Rs. 2

    hooooooooooooooooooooo Airtel lost…

    Mobitel Rocks…

  14. February 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Latest SMART Package from Mobitel – Dial #111# for FREE Activation

    Mobitel – Your Trusted National Mobile Service Provider has dropped the SMART prepaid tariff from 16th February onwards.

    Dial #111# for FREE activation of the package & Enjoy the lowest call rates of Sri Lanka…!!!

    Please Visit for package details:::

    Mobitel – We Care. Always

  15. Jagath's Gravatar Jagath
    March 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Any body who satisfied by airtel service?????
    How many sri lankan’s got jobs?
    But i know many lost jobs due to bad competition and kill the Telecommunication market in Sri Lanka. TRC and related people like Rohan Samarjeewa… must be responsible too.

  16. June 15, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    your customer service is very badly for galle branch(karapitiya)my airtel no. is 0757356368,sim is internal damege,but is 300/- rupees for chagers for new sim issued said.I’m sad for your service.I’m change the other network,my new no.0775111115,Thank you,

  17. June 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I love You Airtel…………….
    My Life Airtel……….

  18. June 20, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    My New Namber 0718955152

  19. paiyakota's Gravatar paiyakota
    September 15, 2009 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    airtel is a fucking company,
    they don’t have a plan & a good customer care service
    mobitel is the best.,,,,,,

  20. tigo's Gravatar tigo
    September 17, 2009 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Airtel to buy Tigo!!!

  21. fuss word's Gravatar fuss word
    October 16, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    hoo hooo…Airel has shown agaian their incapabilities…..

    promised to start operations in 2006 , launched on 2009
    Promised to buy MTN , not done
    Promised to buy Tigo, not done

    It is the time to pack the bags and go…!

  22. francis drake's Gravatar francis drake
    April 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    i have finished diploma in electronics and communication engineering technology i have to get training in telecom site please give training

  23. August 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    We Have No Airtel Network Coverage..

    Ikmanata AIRTEL dennako apita.

  24. niroshmilan's Gravatar niroshmilan
    August 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    i wat to job

  25. Jagath's Gravatar Jagath
    February 24, 2011 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Why u don’t give 3G coverage?(all sri lanka)

  26. June 4, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    What this…….
    No, cim Commission in Retailers Rambukkana Shops


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