Bharti Airtel

Airtel chooses Ericsson for Rwanda build-out

Bharti Airtel has launched its operation in Rwanda, expanding its reach in Africa to 17 markets. The operator said that it took just 83 days to build the network from scratch, claiming the network represents the fastest Greenfield launch in history of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Indian operator has also pledged to invest $100m over the next three years.

Indian operators told to end roaming agreement

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will order Bharti Airtel, Idea, Vodafone to end their roaming pact, according to media reports in the country. The three operators had entered into an agreement with one another to offer 3G mobile services in circles, or districts, where they failed to acquire spectrum in the country’s auction when it was held last year.

BSNL cuts off mobile access over debt dispute

Indian state-owned telco BSNL still has not restored all points of interconnections, despite a clear direction from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), according to reports in the country. Earlier this month, BSNL cut off connectivity to Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular numbers in several states, over a dispute regarding non-payment of fees for providing interconnection between fixed lines and mobiles. BSNL is claiming that it is owed $550,000 by the three operators.

Airtel teams up with NSN to expand in Africa

Indian operator Bharti Airtel will rely on Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand, plan and operate its mobile networks in seven African countries. The operator, which provides services in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, will rely on NSN to expand its 2G (GSM/EDGE) networks and deploy 3G networks in the countries.

Rwanda gets third mobile operator

Rwanda now has its third mobile operator after Bharti Airtel was awarded a licence to operate 2G and 3G services in the country. The company has pledged to invest a total of over $100 million in Rwanda over the next three years.

Safaricom calls in the lawyers over MNP spat with Airtel

The war of words between Kenyan operators Bharti Airtel and Zain and the company enlisted to manage the market’s recently introduced mobile number portability (MNP) programme, Porting Access, has escalated to the legal domain. In a statement issued Tuesday, Safaricom’s director of corporate affairs, Nzioka Waita, said the firm is suing Porting Access, along with spokesman Patrick Musimba, for defamation.

Airtel and Safaricom clash over MNP

An increasingly bitter war between Kenyan operators Safaricom and Airtel has spilled into the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) space. Barely two weeks after the country introduced MNP, a war of words has broken out between the two telcos, with each accusing the other of sabotage and the use of nefarious tactics to prevent subscribers from switching providers.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and CEO, Bharti Enterprises

The jewel in Mittal’s rather large corporate crown is Bharti Airtel, India’s leading mobile carrier. With more than 100 million customers it is the third largest single market player after Chinese carriers Mobile and Unicom.

Bharti, MTN deal more a merger of equals

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has moved to quash rumours that it is planning to bid for South Africa-based MTN Group. After the Indian firm confirmed that it was in discussion with MTN earlier this month, speculation of an acquisition was rife. However, Bharti has since revealed that the nature of the discussion is more focused […]

More iPhone carriers revealed

There was another terse announcement from Apple on Monday morning, revealing the names of yet more operator partners which will be carrying the iPhone. Optus, SingTel, Bharti Airtel and Globe have all signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Australia, Singapore, India and the Philippines respectively later this year. No further information […]

Bharti, Vodafone set up Jersey test bed

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has launched services on the island of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency 100 miles south of the mainland UK. As part of the Vodafone partnership program, the firm, headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal, will take services to market under the Airtel-Vodafone brand. With a population of around 90,000, Jersey is hardly […]


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