After acquiring Warid’s Uganda operations earlier this year, Bharti Airtel has now has entered into a definitive agreement – which is subjected to regulatory and statutory approvals – with the Warid Group to acquire the latter’s Congo operations, the Financial Express reports. Warid is the third largest operator in the Republic of Congo with over a million customers. With this acquisition, Airtel will become the largest mobile operator in the country with 2.6 million subscribers. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 prepaid plans compared: Data, calls, and other benefits
Warid subscribers will thus become a part of Airtel’s ‘One Airtel network’ with affordable roaming rates across Africa and South Asia. This deal will help Airtel in bringing down the tariffs for voice and data services and improve their 2G/ 3G network.
“This acquisition is in line with our stated strategy of strengthening our market position through in-country acquisitions, as and when suitable opportunities come along,” FE quotes Manoj Kohli, MD and CEO (International), Bharti Airtel.