• Becomes the fastest growing mobile services operator in the country;
• Adds 160 new towns in last 6 months as part of network expansion drive, establishing its reach in over 2100 towns pan Bangladesh;
• Rolls out 466 BTS sites across the country in 6 months timeframe;
• Targets to achieve 72% population coverage by December 2011;
• To setup 600 airtel Service Centres in Bangladesh by March 2012.
Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it has crossed the 5 million customers mark in Bangladesh - becoming the fastest growing mobile services operator in the country. With this, airtel Bangladesh will continue to strengthen its network reach in the country and stay committed towards contributing to the growth of telecom in Bangladesh through affordable services. In January 2010, Bharti had acquired 70 percent stake in Warid Telecom and subsequently launched brand airtel in Bangladesh in December 2010.
“airtel’s remarkable journey to 5 million customers in Bangladesh is a testament to the vision and commitment of a company that benchmarks itself with the best in the world. We dedicate this achievement to our customers, partners and other key stakeholders for their constant support. This milestone reiterates the strong growth being experienced by the telecom sector in Bangladesh and we at airtel are delighted to be at the forefront of this revolution”, said Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel.
airtel Bangladesh also announced that it has added 160 new towns to its network spread, which now penetrates to a total of 2100 plus towns across the country. With 2220 BTS sites currently present in Bangladesh, airtel plans on extending its coverage to reach 72% of the country’s population by December 2011. With a target of setting up 600 additional service centres in Bangladesh by March 2012 timeframe, airtel plans to further strengthen the presence of its support services for customers.
“With our 5 million customer landmark achievement, we are delighted to have made a positive impact on the lives of people in every part of Bangladesh. We will continue to focus our efforts on offering world class services and innovations at affordable prices for our customers in Bangladesh – thereby bringing alive our brand promise of Bhalobashar Tane Pashe Ane”, said Chris Tobit, CEO and Managing Director, Airtel Bangladesh Ltd.
With a focus towards offering life enriching services for customers, airtel Bangladesh recently launched ‘airtel Live’ WAP portal that offers rich multimedia content like games, videos and pictures. In addition to 20,000 plus applications that are currently available on airtel App Central for customers in Bangladesh, airtel currently also offers several other exciting VAS offerings including ‘Gaan Bolo, Gaan Pao’, cricket caller tunes and classified services.
About Bharti Airtel Limited
Bharti Airtel Limited (airtel.in) is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. The company offers mobile voice & data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV, DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national & international long distance services to carriers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek. Bharti Airtel had over 226 million customers across its operations at the end of May 2011.