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Calling Sri Lanka: Airtel's expansion a challenge or opportunity?

The latest merger talks with the largest telecom service provider in the island nation can catapult it to top spot

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So the merger is expected to give Airtel access to a much larger user base and make it the largest telecom provider in the country

Subhayan Chakraborty New Delhi
Last month, Bharti Airtel’s Sri Lankan business announced a play to become the largest player in the country’s telecom market, up from the current fourth position.

It disclosed talks were on for a merger of operations with Dialog Axiata, the largest telecom service provider in Sri Lanka’s telecom market of 31 million subscribers.

Bharti Airtel has been tight-lipped about the developments, but sources said the proposed transaction will grant its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bharti Airtel Lanka, a stake in Dialog.

A subsidiary of Malaysian multinational telecommunications conglomerate Axiata Group Berhad, Dialog has dominated the telecom space for the past decade in

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First Published: May 26 2023 | 6:24 PM IST

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