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Bharti Airtel Buys 70% Stake in Bangladesh's Warid Telecom

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India's Bharti Airtel has confirmed long expected plans to buy a 70% stake in Bangladesh's Warid Telecom, currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dhabi Group. Under the agreement, Bharti Airtel will make a fresh investment of USD300 million to expand the operations of Warid Telecom and will have management and board control of the company.

Dhabi Group will continue as a strategic partner retaining 30% shareholding and have their nominees on the Board of the Company.

The acquisition by Bharti Airtel would be partly by purchase of existing shares held in Warid Telecom International Limited by Dhabi Group for a nominal consideration and balance by way of issue of fresh shares at par. The new funding will be utilised for expansion of the network, both for coverage and capacity, and introduction of innovative products and services. As a result of this additional investment, the overall investment in the company will be in the region of USD1 billion.

On the occasion Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, said "This landmark deal underlines our intent to further expand our operations to international markets where we can implant our unique business model and offer quality and affordable telecom services. At the same time, it is a symbol of the growing economic cooperation between the South Asian countries and we would like to thank the Government of India and Bangladesh for their support and encouragement."

This will be Bharti Airtel's second operation outside of India. The company launched its mobile services in Sri Lanka in January 2009.

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