Indian telco Bharti Airtel’s latest ventures improves its world ranking

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: In the latest global rankings, Bharti Airtel which was ranked eighth in last year’s ranking will overtake Norway’s Telenor Group, Deutsche Telekom and China Unicom to become the world’s fifth largest mobile operator group with just under 170 million global connections. The rankings are based on fourth-quarter 2009 connections data and are calculated on a performance basis to demonstrate …

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Bangladeshi operators join VOIP detection system

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A system to automatically detect illegal international call terminations via VoIP has been joined by four Bangladesh operators, namely, Grameenphone, Banglalink, Warid Telecom, and Citycell. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) premises carry the system and detect mobile numbers that are used for illegal call termination. Out of the 60 million minutes of international calls that are made to and …

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Airtel- Warid deal to be probed by Bangladesh parliamentary panel

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A probe has been launched by a parliamentary committee in Bangladesh to find out the possible loss to the country from the sale of a substantial portion of mobile operator Warid’s stake to Indian telecom firm Bharti Airtel. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has been asked by the parliamentary standing committee of the planning ministry to submit a report …

EditorAirtel- Warid deal to be probed by Bangladesh parliamentary panel

Muneer Farooqui joins Warid Telecom as CEO

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Muneer Farooqui has been appointed as the new CEO of Warid Telecom. Prior to the appointment, Muneer served as CEO of Warid Bangladesh and has an experience of over 20 years. Welcoming Muneer to the company, Bashir A. Tahir, CEO OF Warid International disclosed that the company is set to witness some great expansion plans very soon. So far the …

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Orascom Bangladesh raises $102m in a corporate deal

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: $102 million has been raised by Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, a subsidiary of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom, through Bangladesh’s biggest corporate bond deal, thus smashing the previous record of Grameenphone, just after four months. Orascom’s biggest rival in Bangladesh sold shares for $71m in the country’s largest initial public offering. The deal though small in global terms is still another sign …

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Telenor sees potential in Pakistan

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: It has been announced by telecom operator Telenor that the operators are not generating enough profit per phone user to have five mobile groups in Pakistan.  The operators would have to consider mergers or acquisitions to see significant growth. Telenor made its entry into Pakistan exactly five years ago and currently it is the second largest cellular phone operator …

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Mehboob Chowdhury named the new CEO of Citycell (Bangladesh)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Mr. Mehboob Chowdhury has been named as the new CEO and Mr. David Lee as the new Chief Operating Officer of Bangladesh based mobile network operator, Citycell, at present owned by Singtel, Pacific Group and Far East Telecom. Currently, Mr Chowdhury is the Chairman of South Asia Mobile Forum. Earlier, he was the Director Sales and Marketing of Grameenphone …

EditorMehboob Chowdhury named the new CEO of Citycell (Bangladesh)

Bharti might go for another acquisition in Bangladesh

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: According to the latest rumor in the telecom world, Indian telco Bharti Airtel, in its bid to become an international group in the telecom sector might be looking at another acquisition in Bangladesh. Last month, Bharti announced a deal to acquire 70% in Warid Telecom and earlier this week, Bharti group confirmed that it had entered exclusive talks with …

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Warid’s stake not to be sold by Abu Dhabi Group

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Reports regarding the sale of stake in the Pakistani telecommunications operator Warid telecom, owned by the Abu Dhabi Group, have been denied by the company. According to Bashir Tahir, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Group, Warid Telecom Pakistan is not being sold off but rather is on course with its expansion plans. Earlier it was reported that …

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Warid Bangladesh renamed as Airtel Bangla

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Warid Telecom (Bangladesh) whose 70% stake was acquired by Indian telco Bharti Airtel will be renamed Airtel Bangla Ltd and will be operational under this name by the end of this month. The acquisition has been approved by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) while the investments plan has been submitted under which Bharti is set to pay off Warid’s …

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