Airtel Sri Lanka
|භාර්තී එයාටෙල් ලංකා (ප්රයිවට්) ලිමිටඩ්|
|Founded||January 12, 2009Colombo, Sri Lankain|
|Headquarters||WTC, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka|
|Jinesh Hegde (Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director)|
Airtel (Sinhalese: එයාටෙල්; Tamil: ஏர்டெல்) is the brand name of mobile network operator, Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel. The company was awarded a mobile phone operator license in 2006 and was scheduled to start operations in early 2007, however the company didn't commence services until 12 January 2009. Airtel had over 1.7 million active subscribers as of January 2013[update].
- MNC: 413 05
- Operator code: 075
Airtel Lanka Limited is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, the third largest mobile operator in the world, with over 325.90 million mobile customers as of September 2015. Bharti Airtel has been featured in Forbes Asia's Fab 50 list, rated amongst the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007, and voted as India's most innovative company in a survey by The Wall Street Journal.
Airtel Sri Lanka commenced commercial operations of services on 13 January 2009. Granted a license in 2007 in accordance with the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No. 25 of 1991, it is also a registered company under the Board of Investment Sri Lanka. Under the license, the company provides digital mobile services to Sri Lanka. This is inclusive of voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. All of these services are provided under the airtel brand.
Airtel Sri Lanka has good coverage, except National Parks and Forests.
Airtel 3.5G and 3.75G broadband and coverage
Initially Airtel was offering cheapest Mobile broadband plans starting at 5GB for Rs. 299/- but later it discontinued due lack of International bandwidth and financial loss it had incurred. In End of 2011, airtel announced its Unlimited Mobile broadband plan for Rs. 1,499 and it became the best unlimited data plan in mobile market in Sri Lanka.
Airtel covers 30% of the population with 3G like Colombo, Gampaha, Negombo, Kandy, Galle, Matara, Ampara Jaffna, Badulla, Bandarawela and airtel has covered Colombo and greater Colombo using the HSPA+ technology.
Airtel is improving their GSM coverage rapidly and they have 1600+ 2G base stations on operation island-wide and 650+ 3G base stations. Airtel started their service in Northern Sri Lanka on October 2010 and subsequently airtel broadband was available in August 2011 in Jaffna district.
Airtel invested $20 million in 2014 to improve their island-wide 3G Coverage.
- Airtel invests ,0m on network Daily News, 13 January 2009
- Bharti Airtel crosses 100 million customers mark
- "Airtel rings over Rs. 2 b investment on 3G network expansion in Sri Lanka". 18 December 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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