The Sri Lankan arm of Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel recently announced it had completed expanding its coverage in the island’s North and East provinces. Indicating full availability of services in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar, the mobile operator additionally revealed it had also exceeded 25,000 ‘touch points’ for customers as well as also now covering all of Sri Lanka's major highways. This is with the recent addition of the A9 main artery in the North.
According to the announcement, the Northern expansion of the network's coverage footprint means that it had achieved island-wide coverage in just two years. However, it was also revealed that this was at a cost to its 5-year investment pledge of $200 million which had been totally used up in the last two years.
Quoted in the announcement, the company's local head Amali Nanayakkara thanked regulators, authorities and partners for the ‘deployment of passive infrastructure, for the support rendered in enabling us to connect all of Sri Lanka in less than 2 years since launch.’