Bharti Airtel hopes to enter Sri Lankan telecom market this year

Posted on September 11, 2008  /  476 Comments

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


  1. Ado Farzan,,,
    balan hitapan mottaya…

  2. I wish Airtel would introduce iphone to Sri lanka

    I am keeping the free SIM until this is introduced

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

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

    Location : Kiriwaana
    (Gampaha District)

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

    Location : Radawana
    (Gampaha District)

  6. waren ape gedara mam ubata tower 2kma daaala dennam…

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

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

  8. 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. @ Nirmal
    U 100% correct Nirmal

  10. Airtel,

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

  12. Onna Mobitel charges adukalaaaa

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


  13. 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…

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

  18. My New Namber 0718955152

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

  20. Airtel to buy Tigo!!!

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

  23. We Have No Airtel Network Coverage..

    Ikmanata AIRTEL dennako apita.

  24. i wat to job

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

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