Warid Telecom

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Warid Telecom
Type Private
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 2004
Headquarters Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Key people Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chairman
Bashir Tahir, founding CEO (retired)
Products Telephony, WiMAX, EDGE, GPRS, GSM

Warid Telecom International is an Abu Dhabi-based mobile telecommunication investment firm whose portfolio companies provide telephony services in the Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, and Uganda.

Pakistan[edit]

Warid Telecom customer services and sales point
Warid Telecom business center, Lahore, Pakistan

In 2004, Warid Telecom International LLC, purchased a license for operating a nationwide mobile telephony network, (WLL) and long distance international (LDI) for $291 million US dollars and was the first venture of Warid Telecom International LLC. The licence was bid for and acquired by a team led by Bashir Tahir Zuberi the former CEO of the Abu Dhabi Group, which is the parent company of all Warid operations.[1]

Warid Pakistan launched its services in May 2005. Within 80 days of launch Warid Pakistan claims to have attracted more than 1 million. users.[2]

On June 30, 2007, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and Warid Telecom announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement subsequent to which SingTel will acquire a 30 percent equity stake in Warid Telecom for an estimated $758 million, valuing the company at an enterprise value of $2.9 billion.[3]

Network technology[edit]

Network Status Date Note
GSM 900/1800 Live/Active May, 2005 [4]
UMTS 2100 Did not participate in auction unknown
LTE1800 Planned unknown [5]

Zahi and Zem[edit]

WaridTel provides both postpaid and prepaid connection plans. The postpaid plan is branded and marketed across the country under the name Zahi Postpaid, which means leader or royalty. The prepaid segments are branded and marketed as Zem Prepaid, which means fun and "glow", a youth-oriented prepaid brand.

Zahi Postpaid, glow Prepaid and Zem Prepaid user enjoy various value added services (VAS), such as SMS, MMS, GPRS, 64K SIM, Dual SIM product, Corporate packages for product advertising via SMS, My Status, Talky Message, and a host of other features.

Glow[edit]

Glow is a new brand by Warid Pakistan mainly intended for youth. It offers tariffs and free online content via its portal,[6] which was set up in collaboration with Arvato.[7] The brand ambassador of Glow is Pakistani Singer vijesh Aslam

Glow was launched by Warid International's Group CCO, Ali Tahir, the strategic and project lead for the initiative.[8] It was launched within three months and rapidly acquired more than a million subscribers in a short period of time.[9]

Bangladesh[edit]

In December 2005, Warid Telecom International LLC obtained a 15-year GSM license to operate as the sixth mobile phone operator in Bangladesh for US$50 million. Warid Bangladesh started rolling out its network from mid-2006, and launched commercial operations on May 10, 2007, covering 26 districts. It uses the code 16 preceded by the code number of Bangladesh +880. Warid Bangladesh has acquired a million subscribers within 70 days of launch.

Warid Telecom sold 70% of its stake in Bangladesh operations to India's Bharti Airtel for US$300 million receiving regulatory approval from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on January 4, 2010.[10]

On December 20, 2010, Warid Telecom was rebranded as Airtel.

Georgia[edit]

Licence awarded.

Network Technology[edit]

Network Status Date Note
WiMAX Live/Active unknown [11]

Ivory Coast[edit]

Licence awarded.[12]

Republic of Congo[edit]

Launched service in January 2008.[13] On 5 November, 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported an acquisition by Airtel.[14]

Network technology[edit]

Network Status Date Note
GSM900 Live/Active November, 2007 [15]

Uganda[edit]

Planned to launch services in Uganda by the fourth quarter of 2007. Warid is also set to deploy a WiMAX network throughout Uganda through its sister concern Wateen Telecom.[16] Aquired by Airtel in 2013.[17]

Network Technology[edit]

Network Status Date Note
GSM 900/1800 Live/Active January, 2008 [15]
WiMAX Live/Active unknown

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