We are Not Exiting Africa – Airtel Africa MD Speaks Out

Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel which operates in 15 countries across Africa including Uganda has refuted speculations that it is exiting from Africa. The firm has reaffirmed that it remains committed to Africa and will continue to invest in its operations to grow sustainable in Africa. This was stated by the recently appointed Airtel Africa Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Raghunath Mandava.


Airtel currently occupies former WARID Building in Kampala

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“All the steps taken recently with regard to human resources and infrastructure have been geared towards readying the organization to grow efficiently and sustainably in the medium to long term. The company remains committed to competing in various markets and providing more choice to customers through further investments to ensure consistent delivery of quality and value for money services to our customers. We are also accelerating our investments in new data networks and to modernize our existing networks. We are committed to launch 4G in multiple countries.”


Airtel Africa Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Raghunath Mandava.

Airtel has been operating in Uganda since 2010 after acquiring Zain Uganda. In 2013, Airtel Uganda acquired the assets and subscriber of Warid Telecom cementing its position as the second-largest mobile network provider in the country behind MTN Uganda. Airtel Uganda’s subscriber base currently stands at about 7.2 million. This new information coming in from the Airtel Africa managing director reassures the public that the Airtel Africa segment which has a total customer base of more than 76.3 million customers across the continent is still fighting on in this highly competitive market.

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