Airtel Bangladesh merges with Robi Axiata to form country’s largest telco

airtel-bangladeshBharti Airtel announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary Airtel Bangladesh with Robi Axiata, a unit of Axiata Group Berhad.

Post the merger, Axiata will hold 68.7 percent stake in the combined entity, while Airtel will hold 25 percent. The remaining 6.3 percent stake will be held by NTT DoCoMo.

The combined entity will be the second largest mobile operator in Bangladesh with approx. 32.2 million customers and will operate under the Robi Axiata brand.

The company is well positioned to deliver an unparalleled portfolio of innovative mobile and broadband offerings at affordable rates with deep network coverage, Airtel said in a statement.

The joint strengths of Robi and Airtel sets the stage for the company to deliver the widest mobile network coverage across Bangladesh, enhancing its stronghold in the mobile internet segment as well as consolidating its position as the second largest operator in the country, the company said.

The merger strengthens the long-term sustainability of the Bangladesh telecoms landscape and business environment, and will secure faster nationwide rollout of mobile broadband as well as contribute significantly to the overall economy of the country, the statement from the company said.

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