Etisalat (Sri Lanka)

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Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Native name එටිසලාට් ලංකා (ප්‍රයිවට්) ලිමිටඩ්
Type Private Company
Industry Telecommunications
Predecessors Tigo (Pvt) Ltd
Celltel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Founded Colombo, Sri Lanka (1989 (1989))
Headquarters Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Key people Wail Salman (CEO)
Products Mobile Telecommunications, Data
Parent Emirates Telecommunication Corporation - Etisalat
Website www.etisalat.lk

Etisalat Lanka (English: Communication), known as Celltel until 2007, and Tigo (Sri Lanka) between 2007 and 2010, is a mobile telecommunications network in Sri Lanka. It is currently owned by the UAE based telecommunications operator Etisalat. Etisalat Sri Lanka had over 4.2 million customers at the end of February 2012. The company announced the commercial launch of Dual Carrier HSPA+ services on 15 August 2012, becoming the first operator in South Asia to do so.[1]

Celltell and Tigo[edit]

Etisalat was founded as Celltel in June 1989 on a Motorola TACS system, becoming the first cellular network in Sri Lanka.[2] It was then rebranded by Millicom International in January 2007, as Tigo (Sri Lanka).

Acquisition by Etisalat[edit]

Etisalat acquired Sri Lankan operations of Millicom International, Tigo (Sri Lanka) on 16 October 2009. The acquisition was completed with a total enterprise value of 207 Million US$, out of which 155 Million US$ was in cash.[3] Etisalat changed the Operator/Brand Name Tigo to Etisalat On 25 February 2010.

Competition[edit]

Etisalat (Sri Lanka) competes with international operators like Dialog Axiata, Mobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom), Hutch (Hutchison) and Airtel (Bharti Airtel).

Technology[edit]

Etisalat Lanka operates a GSM/EDGE supported network using 900 / 1800 MHz. The company on 5 May 2011 launched HSPA+ services over 2100 MHz, becoming a LTE ready mobile network in the country.[4] The company announced the commercial launch of DC-HSPA+ service on 15 August 2012, the first operator in the South Asian region and the 63rd in the world to do so.[5] [6]

Slogan[edit]

The company slogan is "It's about you"

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