Bharti Airtel has reached a major milestone in Africa, breaking the 50 million subscriber barrier there.
The India-based company, which operates in 19 nations across Africa and Asia, brokered a $9 billion deal last year to acquire Zain's mobile operations that covered 15 African countries. With it came 42 million subscribers, making Airtel the fifth-largest mobile carrier in the world.
The wireless giant isn't through. It has said it wants to reach 100 million subscribers in Africa by March 2013.
"I would also like to thank the governments and regulators for their support and would like to reiterate that we share their vision of bridging the digital divide with affordable telecom services," Manoj Kohli, Bharti Airtel CEO (International) and joint managing director said. "Airtel will continue to bring to Africa world-class and innovative voice and data services that delight customers and add value to their daily lives."