Etisalat (Sri Lanka)

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Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Native name
එටිසලාට් ලංකා (ප්‍රයිවට්) ලිමිටඩ්
Formerly called
Private Company
Industry Telecommunications
Predecessors Tigo (Pvt) Ltd
Celltel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Founded 1989 (1989) in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Headquarters Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Key people
Sulaiman Salim Alkaabi (CEO)
Products Mobile Telecommunications, Data
Parent Emirates Telecommunication Corporation

Etisalat (Sinhalese: එටිසලාට් Etisalat; Tamil: எடிசலாட்), is a mobile telecommunications network in Sri Lanka. It is currently owned by the UAE based telecommunications operator Etisalat. Etisalat 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]

Celltel and Tigo[edit]

Etisalat was founded as Celltel on 18 June 1989 on a Motorola TACS system, becoming the first cellular network in Sri Lanka and 36th operator in world.[2] It was then re-branded 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). 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.


Etisalat competes with international operators like Dialog Axiata, Mobitel, Hutch and Airtel.


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]


The company slogan is "power to you"


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