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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

Bharti Airtel

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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