Bharti Airtel, GBI ink accord to expand Middle East network

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Dubai/New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday said its Airtel Business and GBI have signed a strategic partnership to increase Airtel’s direct reach to multiple new countries in the Middle East and will offer GBI’s partners better connectivity.

“GBI being a key network asset for the region will not only improve our customers’ experience and reach, but would also enable GBI’s customers to experience a seamless extension on the Airtel Global network spanning across 50 countries across 5 continents,” said Ajay Chitkara, chief executive officer, Global Voice and Data Business, Bharti Airtel.

“The partnership is in line with the long-term strategy of Airtel Business, considering the long-term potential for the Middle East market,” he added.

Amr Eid, acting chief executive of GBI, said: “We are delighted to partner with Airtel, to extend our network reach to Airtel’s customers and to further enhance the benefits of our value propositions for customers and partners.”

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Bharti Airtel ranks among the top three mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers, the company said.



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