Airtel dials Skype users

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Bharti Airtel, has announced that anyone using an Airtel mobile phone in Sri Lanka is now able to use their mobile phone to call any Skype user anywhere in the world.

Available on any handset, customers have only to send an SMS to 689 with the Skype ID of the person to be contacted. Customers will then be sent a return message with a 10 digit Skype dialing ID Code which can then be stored along with the contacts’ usual details and used thereafter to contact the person when they are online.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel, commenting on the launch of the service said, “While our customers enjoy the best in class value on international calling tariffs in Sri Lanka, we appreciate that people are apprehensive about using their mobiles to call internationally.  This unprecedented value offering allays these fears and liberates our customers from their home computer to enable them to use their Airtel mobile phones to call their contacts regardless of where in the world they may be, and what device they are using.”

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network panned out across the country having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. As the 3rd largest in-country mobile operator in the world, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services.  The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity.

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G & 3G mobile services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G & 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 253 million customers across its operations at the end of February 2012. To know more please visit,

For further information, please contact:

Shakila Kamalendiran

Head – Corporate & Internal Communications

Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

075 5 841999

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