Airtel not planning African exit – report

Bharti Airtel insists it has no plans to exit Africa, despite holding exclusive talks with Orange over the sale of four of its units in the continent. Orange announced late on Monday it was in discussions to acquire subsidiaries in …

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Orange hopes to seal Airtel Africa deal in Q4

Orange announced late yesterday it has entered into exclusive talks to “explore the possible acquisition” of four Airtel subsidiaries in the continent, while eyeing a Q4 timeframe for the deal. Orange revealed its growth targets for its African and Middle …

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Snapdeal hires Airtel CMO

Indian online marketplace Snapdeal has hired Bharti Airtel’s business-to-consumer CMO Govind Rajan and appointed him as its new chief strategy officer. Rajan, who also headed Airtel Money, will take on the new role in August. The appointment comes less than …

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India moves to nationwide mobile number portability

India’s mobile operators today have launched national mobile number portability (MNP) to meet the government’s deadline for offering the service, which allows customers to keep their existing mobile numbers when they move to another region. The country has had MNP …

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Safaricom, Airtel to settle MPesa trademark dispute out of court

Safaricom and smaller rival Airtel Kenya agreed to end a trademark dispute relating to the M-Pesa logo, said the Daily Nation. Earlier this month Safaricom, Kenya’s dominant operator, sued Airtel for using a trademark it claimed was identical to its …

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Most Bangladeshi operators not keen to join Internet.org

Bangladesh’s mobile operators reportedly aren’t interested in joining Internet.org, noting that the ‘limited version’ of the internet is not a service that would serve their customers’ needs. The country’s two largest mobile operators, Grameenphone and Banglalink, however, have introduced free …

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Tanzanian government takes back 35% of TTCL from Airtel to regain full ownership

The Tanzanian government has agreed to buy back a 35 per cent stake in Tanzania Telecommunications Corp (TTCL) from Bharti Airtel for TZS14.6 billion ($7 million), with a senior government official confirming the state is now set to “regain sole …

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M&A activity picks up in India, Airtel looks to acquire Augere

Consolidation appears to be on the horizon in India’s telecoms market – the second largest in the world, with 12 operators serving 940 million mobile connections – as Bharti Airtel looks to expand its 4G footprint and smaller players enter merger talks. India’s largest …

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Singtel’s profit rises 3.5%, Australia drives mobile growth

Asian operator Singtel posted steady gains in profit and revenue for its fiscal year ending 31 March, with strong mobile growth from its Australian unit Optus offsetting slowing growth in Singapore mobile revenue. The operator’s full year net profit rose …

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