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NEWS UPDATES 7 February 2010

India’s Airtel to enter Malaysian mobile phone market

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India’s major mobile phone operator, Bharti Airtel, plans to set up points of presence (PoPs) in Malaysia to expand its global wholesale voice and data services business, the Economic Times reported yesterday.

Besides Malaysia, the company has also identified France and the United Arab Emirates for the international PoPs.

“Bharti had decided to establish six new international PoPs over the next two quarters in the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific, to grow it’s global wholesale voice and data services business. In the immediate term, we are looking at a presence in Dubai, Paris and Malaysia. These properties will either be directly owned by Bharti Airtel offshore entities or be hired, depending on the regulatory environment in a particular country,” Rajan Swaroop, the company’s executive director said.

The PoPs are locations where a long-distance carrier could terminate services and provide connections into a local telephone network. They would also enable Airtel to route all its outbound traffic to these overseas markets at a cheaper rate for subscribers.

The company has invested nearly $600 million for its global communications network infrastructure.

Airtel, with over 110 million subscribers, has now emerged as a key telecom player in Asia, with investments in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


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