Bharti Airtel to launch Sri Lanka operations in December 2008

Posted on November 4, 2008  /  142 Comments

Leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel will launch operations in Sri Lanka in December, a top official announced on Monday.

“We will roll out the services next month as all formalities are done and issues relating to inter-connectivity have been sorted out,” Bharti Enterprises vice-chairman and managing director Rajan Mittal told reporters in New Delhi.

The telecom giant had been facing problems of inter-connection, with local carriers not willing to give inter-connections to the company.

Source: Hindustan Times, Nov 04


  1. Are they [b]REALLY REALLY[/b] gonna launch in December?

  2. we are watting for you

  3. As a engineerig student in university of moratuwa I am watting for you.I like to join with you

    BH udara srimal. 2008.11.05

  4. We ara watting for u.we are like 2 be customer of you.

  5. Sunil Priyantha Weerasinghe

    i’m v ery happy with air tell Sri Lanka

  6. Airtel Full coverage to gall District immideataly. Very happy with cover sri lanka.

  7. I am Dampella living in hikkaduwa. I was doing business in telecominucations in italy last couple of years. I would like to start here and I have a place in galle road, Hikkaduwa. so I would like to join with you.


  8. Im waiting for airtell in sri lanka.Please inform me your package charges and etc..
    Thanks you

  9. Hello………!

    I’m waiting for you Airtel. I’d thank you if can inform me your mobile package charges other service charges.

    Thank you.


  11. hi airtel i’m woking mobitel i like airtel pls call me 0713488888

    Thank you.



  13. why r u too lake… im waiting for 1 year

  14. why r u too late… im waiting for 1 year

  15. we are waiting 4 u. best wishes for your endevour

  16. M A M Riyas, You are a FAKE…!!!

  17. I expect that Airtel would supply a satisfying service to Srilankans, I do further show my interest on this New operation to which i intend giving my fullest support! I do not even mind being one of the distributors in Kandy, Srilanka.

    Thank you!

    Best wishes!

  18. Mr Sunil Bharati Mitfal
    Chairman / Managing Director
    Bharati Airtel Ltd
    Qutab Ambience (at Qutab Minar)
    Mehrauli Road
    New Delhi – 110030

    Dear Mr Mitfal

    We are well aware about Airtel’s future presence in Sri Lanka, the giant in telecommunication arena and we as people from southern region of the country, are warmly welcome your business ventures in our country.

    While greatly admiring your invaluable past performances and future strategies towards the business initiatives in Sri Lanka , we shall earnestly invite your esteemed company to select our geographical area (Ambalangoda , a main city in Southern Region – 80 Kms from Capital city of Colombo) as your propaganda , sales & marketing destination / center in Southern part of Sri Lanka , the first overseas business extension destination.

    – Dhananjaya Nandasiri-

  19. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    i love artel…i love…how can i help you? can i bocom a dealer of urs im my city mawanella!???

  20. Hi artel,
    when do u come here. we ar waittig for u. pls can u send us that your call & other chargs?

  21. Hello why do u like airtel. do u want to send our money to india????????????????????????????????????

  22. Hi AIR TEL,
    We awiting 4 ur arrival to sri lanka. But u taking loang time
    4 it.R u going 2 lunch in colombo and greater colombo or whole island? any way our wishes 4 u . bye

  23. hi hope really hope u’d b here soon… n at least please confirm a launching day soon n please let us know your call charges.. and yeah will u bring the apple iphone 3G here? how much would it be? hope it wn’t b d sme price in India.. :) tnx

  24. Hi I am a Telecom Engineer. Presently I am working for Huawei-Airtel Project in Srilanka as a Project Engineer. I am an employee of ICOMM International Lanka (Pvt)Ltd.I expect that airtel will satisfy all Srilankan’s Customers and surely it will become NO 1 service provider in srilanka.

    Best wishes for you

  25. I hope dey ll begin der commercial operations in december. Since da inter connection issue is sorted out, we can xpect der launch. Sometimes da launch can be in January 2009 also. Since rumors spredin about der price plans, one thing fr sure….dey ll battle with vry low prices. I think Airtel will focus on bringin der full product portfolio (like digital TV, fixed connetions, broadband internet etc.) gradually 2 Sri Lankan market in da comin years.

  26. We ar Waiting 4 U ,,…………

  27. I rememebr that guy from competitor name of Mr Wijesooriya or i cant remeber his exact name. he spel out and never believes air tell will come to market and challenege it is merly a words in a mouth.
    air tell is big pit nothing can acheieve here, inter-conection fee is a false there is no any bareier for this type of issues, predicting that they have no foot in sri lanka i asked where is Mr Wijesooriya and his view,

  28. hi… airtel … now im working at the suntel ..
    may i can joing with you .. i thing i have some experience about the sales ..becouse i am a sales execative….
    (pls , this is not a bio data) can i joing with you…… send me a mail very soon. becouse i m waiting…..

  29. hi chelum,
    I m thinking u too. b’cause iiiii love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    {sadam ahamed (afti iftiqar) from ampara.(akkaraipattu)}

  30. Great. We are awaiting a good service from the company as it has already earned a good reputation throughout the globe. Hope to change my SIM as and when the airtel comes up, as current mobile operators dont give a proper service for the money paid by us. I too worked in the telco industry and realize the pressure its getting from Airtel’s news in coming in to the market. As you can see most of the massive mobile operators in Sri Lanka are facing many many cost issues and are loosing its expected profit drastically. So i guess its a good start. I recently went to the Airtel’s office at Narahenpita to see whether they accept bookings for the same number. But still :(. Is there any way we could book a SIM from now it self.
    Mail me if so

  31. we are keen to see u with lot of surprises

  32. Air ,,,

    We are waiting for you to breath freely……

  33. im would like to join with ur doing final year project of the my degree.its a BIT(Bachelor Of Information Technology).if there is any oppotunity please let me know to the this sending email address.

  34. Great move. We need some strong hand to take up the competition. As we know your company is well established and financially sound. Awaiting for ever best package for Sri Lankan to breath freely at end of every month. Wish you all the best and good luck.

  35. Only farting. No Shit..

  36. hi Im degree holder(Management & Finance).I would like to join with You and very happy about your arrival.WE hope You will be the dreem of all Sri Lankans

  37. ja i am waiting for ur service.i hope that u will provide a better service in low cost……….

  38. come soooooooooooon i have to talk with my girlfriend too much throw airtel……………….

  39. i wl exept ur service.pls quecly…………..

  40. Dear sir thank you enter the srilanka telecom market this month.i am dialog customer i like to airtel premium package.i will change to my network i will take airtel premium package.all the best.

  41. is this lounch now.

  42. I am a dialog GSM Delar but i like to sale airtell if you have special tariff please send me 0777 901752

  43. Aha… Come Soooooon… I’m waiting………

  44. Dear sir thank you enter the srilanka telecom market this month. pls the srilanka mobile network policies, when lounched in srilanka

  45. Airtel

    We are waiting for you to breath freely……

  46. AIRTEL…..
    iam waiting for your bresious arrivel soon,,,
    NALINDA 0779 533 533 / 0777 937 637

  47. Hey……….All you jack asses…….Don’t you have anything better to do, if you want to comment make comments that at least make some sense…..Remember your on the internet so don’t act like a typical Jack ass….The world can see…..and to top it all it doesn’t look good on the country…….Don’t try to sell your self on a blog……You want to join airtel that’s fine by me…… send them a damn e mail….. go to there office……or for crying out loud…send them a Damn snail mail………don’t leave your numbers on the blog and expect them to call you……..the only persons who will call you are either people who wanna have a good laugh or the mental hospital in Angoda, who think your a threat to society…..which i completely Second……….Don’t be a typical RETARD….
    So shut up and go do something productive……you JACK ASSES………

  48. I really really love u

  49. Plez come to my world

  50. I want Imediatly…………..Come soon
    Dinuka – 0776372780

  51. Bandula Mahanama Gamage

    Hi! We are all waiting for you. When will you launch in Sri Lanka?

  52. We like to apply for Dealership in Colombo or any area.. and we have over 50 years experience as a distributor.

    We have all facilities for this..


  53. Thanks for the space again , these days this is highly compettitive market in the asians , since SMS and other IT delealing highly spred in the asians . Soi it is not much easy , I will have some business plan as a way to developed Asian cultures with normes and values , so some companies are using the word be lankan and buy lankans , but only warding every thing except commecials he or she or their family using foreign things , so you may have to use the techniques fited to that , onething already with you use the 7 P market promortional mix with nature friedly environemnt loving way , then every body will come and see the benifit , thses days every body need change security for their love one , so come with efortable manner . dont put any hidden cost , some are cahrging for seconds but final bill no diferance , go with genuin way that is the way to win one he will bring 10 more it is the way .

    If you follow the way and as a Marketing adciser I can come with you all to work in you company if you see or looking for plaes ask me I am their to help you , when compettion their finaly customer will get benifit.

    See you soon in Sri Lanka not like dairy company other who came to do business

  54. its me Aadhil from Mawanella,, We are all waiting for Air tell,, When will you launch in Sri Lanka?

    let me know pls


  55. Ha i would like to apply for a vacancy in Airtel

  56. Chaminda Dissanayaka.

    I have a michnical Engineering Diploma(NDES) .I would like to apply for a vacancy in Airtel.Please inform me your package charges and etc..
    Thanks you

  57. Dear Sir,
    i am waiting for long time to get airtel connection but .when is going to actually launch airtel in sri lanka . But they have given several time this will start on August 2008, After December but still not started.

    Thank you


  58. Like To work With airtel Network.

  59. Want Airtel Full Coverage Radawana Town.(Gampaha District)

  60. :-)
    Welcome To Airtel..
    Im Lasantha. From Radawana.I Would Like Join With Airtel. If Have Any Vacancy Please Call Me ! Thank You…
    Contacts :
    +94771135518 Or +94723771449
    Email :

  61. Want Fully Network Coverage To Radawana Town.
    Would Like To Use 3.5G Services With Airtel.. Im Waiting For You!

  62. Would Like To Use 3.5G Services With Airtel.. Im Waiting For You!

  63. hi im loking for delarship north and east in srilanka pz mail me on

  64. this is great airtel lanka custumer care No:-075 123 4 567

    more details contact to mail address

  65. this is great airtel lanka custumer care No:-075 123 4 567

    more details contact to mail address
    more details 071-4412259

  66. i waiting for you pls come

  67. Nirmalan,
    Bunch of IDIOTS

  68. i`m dinuka .iam studyding in university of kelaniya. this is my contact no:071-4424951/0716003395

  69. Another IDIOT here,
    Dinuka, you are paid by some indian ass

  70. Welcome To Airtel!
    Im Lasantha.From Radawan. Want Full Gsm & 3.5G Network Coverage To Our Radawana Town (Gampaha District)!! We Would Like To Use Airtel. We Are Waiting For You…

  71. We r expecting a lot about airtel.i like to be a airtel customer can u pls launch quickly

  72. Airtel Human Resourcs Manager,I Would Like To Work With Airtel Mobile Network. If You Have Customer Care Ajent Or Not Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.. My Contact Number : +94771135518 / +94723771449 .
    Thank You!

  73. I want the first sim, when you launch in sri lanka.

  74. AIRTEL
    TRUE OR FAKE??????????????????????
    They have to wait for a long time to capture the srilankan mobile market.Even Dialog telekom became as a NO 01 mobile service provider after 10yrs from they started.I don’t believe that its is easy to convince the srilankan people in to them.They have to wait for a along time.

  75. I really happy about Airtel launched in Sri Lanka, and send me you packges and prices. I hope that you will give us good service. my heartiest congratulation for you company

  76. I hope that Airtell will give us an outstanding service. We will really like to get your fast and fascinating service.I always hope that you will give us the optimistic. please never frustrate us ourselves like other communication services.This is my congratulations from the bottom of my heart.

  77. I don’t think Airtel has a 3.5G capability.(Even in India)So how would we hope they will introduce HSDPA in Sri Lanka? Their broadband capacity is 2MB D.Link speed (max.)in India (as they said in their website).They powered their internet by DSL tecnology; not WiMax.(WiMax is the newest & fastest method to transmit microwave all over the parts of the island.That’s why LankaBell also used WiMax tecnology.Indeed Wimax is 4G!)How would they launch 3.5G?In meanwhile Dialog has evaluating HSPA+ capability!(If you want more info about ‘HSPA+’ mail tome will Introduce it near future!

    Anyway(however broadband)in the GSM arena Airtel wiil success.According to the gossips they will carry lowest rates in Sri Lanka.So I congratulate them. Thnx for coming SL GSM industry.

  78. Dear Moderator,

    By looking at this blog post, which i can observe is that, there are some people who wants to make this topic always active by putting up nonsense posts just saying ‘Welcome Airtel, We are waiting for you’, ‘I love you Airtel’, ‘My ass is always with you, airtel’, ‘Airtel, you are my life’…etc etc. What does this mean?

    I can clearly say one thing, LIRNEASIA is giving free publicity to a cellular company who hasn’t even launch yet, while there are so many valuable players in the market.

    This is the first post
    “Bharti Airtel hopes to enter Sri Lankan telecom market this year”

    There is one more topic;
    “Bharti Airtel to launch Sri Lanka operations in December 2008″

    Another one;
    “Sri Lanka: Bharti Airtel – Coming soon?”

    All these three topics are really really active…
    But non of them are info-rich. They all just bullshit, with some idiotic wishes & complements.

    Next thing is, we are at the end of 2008, end of December. But we don’t see any sign of ‘Airtel’ launch in Sri Lanka. So, what’s the meaning of this topic? Does this topic valid after this year. You can keep this topic forever, if you want to keep alive the shitting memories ‘Airtel’ launch in Srilanka. It just refreshes the inefficiency of an unsuccessful investment.

    I can see one CSR activity by keeping this topic further open. That is you are providing a solution to ‘Unemployment’ in Srilanka. I don’t know, how many Srilankans found jobs via this post, which is truely amazing. Keep it up LIRNEASIA. You are doing a great job.

    My recommendation:

  79. If You Have Customer Care Agent Or Not Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.. My Contact Number : +94713010170

  80. It will be a long wait for Airtel fan(atic)s

    Airtel launch delayed

    Launch plans of Bharti Airtel Lanka (Airtel), the Sri Lankan arm of a leading Indian mobile operator, has been delayed as the company’s Indian parent has still not granted sanction to start operations as yet, according to senior telecom industry officials. “Airtel was looking at launching somewhere on December 23, and they said that this is a tentative date as the company still has not got approval from their head office in India for the launch date,” one industry official told The Sunday Times FT.

    He said it might well be launched next year. Airtel officials were unavailable for comment. Airtel which is the fifth operator cleared some issues last month with the existing operators – Dialog, Mobitel, Tigo and Hutch on Interconnection Charges last month.

    An industry analyst said the increasing cut throat competition amongst the existing competitors has triggered a price war in the industry. “Airtel’s impending launch has aggravated this situation,” he added.

  81. We Would Like To Airtel.. We Want Airtel 2G & 3.5G Network Coverage To Our “Radawana Town”.
    Thank You!

  82. Dear Sir ! I Would Like To Join With Airtel.
    If You Have Any Vacancies,
    Please Tell Me..
    My Contacts :
    Email :

  83. ohhhhhhhhh sit now also bleddy cheat us this is last warning otherwise we will go to Dialog Blaster
    bleddy Airtel

  84. ” Warmly Welcome Airtel, We r waiting 4 u,
    In Batticaloa region many people will be wit u.
    So Batticaloa want airtel soon

  85. We Want Airtel Full 3.5G Coverage To RADAWANA Town(Gampaha District-Distance To Radawana 15Km) We Would Like To Use Airtel..
    Coming Soon!! We Will Hope You…

  86. Dear Sir ! I Would Like To Join With Airtel.
    If You Have Any Vacancies,
    Please Tell Me..
    My Contacts :
    Email :

  87. i want airtel prepaid connection. out going totaly free another airtel nomber(like mobitel best freind,hutch oyai mami,dialog kit double)& incoming totaly free.out going charges any network (24 hours) sri lankan rupees 2/= ,out going charges airtel to airtel (24 hours) sri lankan rupees 1/ monthly rental.
    thanks for you

  88. As a engineerig student in university of moratuwa I am watting for you.I like to join with you

  89. @Dumindu, Engineering Students of University of Moratuwa, Never Beg for Jobs via these Blogs. Just fcuk off with your shit on ass.

    Btw, What does this post mean anymore…??

    “Bharti Airtel to launch Sri Lanka operations in December 2008”

    LMAO, 2008 came and gone. Airtel you are still here.

    Why don’t you plan to pack your bags to go back….???

    Airtel, You are A Joke…!!!

  90. M.Y.M Milhan ( MilBoy)

    I’m Milhan from Saudi Arabia.i’m a Sri Lankan. i want to know about reate of Airtel and more information.please mail me to my ID.
    Thanks and Best wishes,
    Best regarding
    M Milhan

  91. We warmly welcome you.

  92. i am searching for a pat time jo………..

  93. searching for a part time job…………

  94. i wnt knw abt package charges nd i wnt 2 knw wen airtel lunched in sri lanka?

  95. I am waiting for AIRTEL…



  96. Could you tell me when I have register in order to get a Airtel phone connected? and please let me know the call charges or tariff to my mail add. If not can I have a contact telephone number in Sri Lanka – Colombo District so that I can clarify my doubts.

    Thank You in advance..

  97. hey Guys & Gals,
    Do you believe that Airtel is coming here because of their kindness towards Sri Lankans..? oh..I don’t believe…coz I know much about Airtel & following facts will guide you..(I challenge Airtel to give counter arguments for those..)

    1. Airtel is using cheapest Chinese Equipments, that’s why they can come with lower charges

    2. The performance will degrade very sooner (less than 1 year), then all the subscribers will have to suffer.

    3. they are coming with both 2G & 3G…still now they are struggling with 2G (GSM). The products they’ve used for 2G are from the rejected brand from most of other Operators. Therefor their 2G (GSM) network is still having many problems & it’ll be one of worst network in the World

    4. their delay in launching in Sri Lanka was mainly due to Point (3)

    5. Airtel’s performance in India is no doubt. Its superior. the simple reason is they use high quality European product. But how can we have a guarantee of similar performance here with these Chinese low quality products..?

    6. Just think about Global Trends. In future Indians & Chinese will enter into world market & they’ll extract all the profits from other Nations. (Airtel is coming with both Chinese & Indian involvement- this will not be good for Sri Lanka in future)

    7. Bharathi (india) Airtel’s one of major intentions is to use Sri Lanka as a place for their Testings (as a test bed). This will cause high power, Microwave emissions which can cause for health effects (headache, Cancer..Gene Abnormalities)

    Above are only some facts…Sri Lankans, You may know some other facts too…specially People from Technical Areas may add more into this.

    Lets see the things with open mind…this is our country, we are Sri Lankans…!!

  98. I am waiting for your worth package

  99. Hi……! Im Aroos from Colombo i wont no the airtel postpaid sim charges deatils & rools can you tell me.

  100. Ziyad from Kalmunai..I am happy to enjoy with Air tel and I want to know charges of the Post paid and Pre paid

  101. Hi Airtel…..
    can I know da Airtel package charges….??/please inform me…
    Tahnk you…

  102. I Like to Join with You. I Believe you will be a best telecommunication provider in Srilanka recently.

  103. Itz great day Airtel will be launched as soon as poissible. I’ve already applied for a postpaid package. Hope dat thre’l be more coverage than othr networks in Sri Lanka. Contact me if for vacancies…

  104. It is Very Good

  105. hi, I wont know how to take airtel

  106. I request to launch the sims soon as possible.


  107. shamed about you…U all are like beggars…!!

    wait & see for 2 months ; presume all ur comments may come against Airtel..!!

  108. wel come airtel in sri lanka

  109. i am loking for a job and i like to join with air tell………

  110. Hello Airtell,
    First I wish You all the Beat.I like Join with you & Enjoi.
    If you Have Customer Care Agent or Any Computer Side or Any Vercancy Plese Kindly Tell me.
    I passed G.C.E A/L – Maths.
    Followed Computer Telecomunication And Networking
    Computer diploma & Computer Hardware
    Computer Graphic Design
    Thank You,
    Contact No: 077-6251748 / 037- 5674875

  111. hi, I wont know how to take airtel

  112. helle airtel

    if there is any vacancy pls let me know
    hav computer dip

  113. I am looking forward to join with your team.

  114. No wonder that you will become a most leading Company in Sri Lanka very soon.

  115. Airtel Human Resourcs Manager,I Would Like To Work With Airtel Mobile Network. If You Have Customer Care Ajent Or Not Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.. My Contact Number : +940725179830 / +940254904223.
    Thank You!

  116. Airtel Human Resourcs Manager,I Would Like To Work With Airtel Mobile Network. If You Have Customer Care Ajent Or Not Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.. My Contact Number : +940725179830 / +940254904223.
    Thank You!

    Anuragha pura,

  117. Airtel Human Resourcs Manager,I Would Like To Work With Airtel Mobile Network. If You Have Customer Care Ajent Or Not Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.. My Contact Number : +940725179830 / +940254904223.
    Thank You!

    Anuradha pura,

  118. Im waiting for airtell in sri lanka.Please inform me your package & Call charges.

  119. Airtel HR manager.
    I would like to join to the airtel team. I’ve done G.C.E A/Ls in commerce stream. And also I have working experience in a reputed a bank since April 2007.
    If there’re any vacancies please let me know.

  120. hellO!!!!!!!!!!! already I’ve done the registration and I want to knOW ABOUT THE AIRTEL post paid rates! SO ARGENT!If you can make it now its great! send me the informations to my email.

  121. Please send me the call charges of airtel and the packages too.

  122. do u know airtel charges?

  123. Please send me airtel rats in sri lanka imediadly.

    Thank you.



    Wait with ya assholes upright, Airtel wil call u babies. “Hello, will u join airtel. we got jobs 4u”.. Hik hik.. :-)
    Shameless Huththo!!!

  125. Dear Sir,
    iam an accountat working for big Compandy in Central part of Sri Lanka for last 39yrs i like to join airtel India & also like to have a Branc out let in off Kandy city 4km away place call Katugastota Road kandy.
    I have my own building by the side of themain road about 100 meters with all the facilites any intention of having a branch office i like to join with your company
    thanking you
    yours sincerley

  126. Muthiah Visvalingam
    my contact No 0777840285 kandy sri Lanka
    best of luck for your new product

  127. Naminda Mahagamagedara

    I wish you all the beat.
    plz send me the airtel perpaid and postpaid call chagers and packages lis.
    i want to bye good package imediadly

    reply me quickly

    dear Customer


  128. Dialog is best always. dialog gave a good service for us.

  129. I want to Know discription of airtel

  130. I’like to the joen witha Airtel…………Plz Help me.I’m

  131. Airtel !
    We Are Waiting For You..
    Please Come And Give Network Coverage To Wathurugama Area.
    Coming Soon!

  132. Airtel !
    We Are Waiting For You..
    Please Give 2G & 3GNetwork Coverage To “10 Mile Post”
    [Radawana] Area.
    Coming Soon!

  133. Airtel Human Resourcs Manager,
    I Would Like To Work With Airtel Mobile Network. If You Have Any Computer Side Vacancy Please Kindly Tell Me.
    I have passed G.C.E O/L -2001 and done G.C.E A/L -2006 (Commerce)
    Followed Computer MS Office course in LRUC (Vocational Training center,Mirijjawila,Hambantota)
    I have working experience in Ceylinco Grameen Credit Company as a field executive

    If there any vacancies please let me know.My Contact Number :+94776453852

    Thank You!
    Razmin Riyas,
    No: B104,Care Housing Foundation,

  134. Hi Telecom People,

    I wellcome all the srvice providers in Batticaloa District. I have enough places in Batticaloa to provide land for Transmission tower. Please contact me through email.

  135. Hello

    I like to become airtel in Batticaloa. i can help to come airtel inBatticaloa.More info…. Please call back +94715863650 and i have enouh places to provide airtel tranmission towers and i want airtel agent and Ex: to sell sim,reload,cards and other..
    please reply
    Best regardz