Wednesday 04 October 2023
Select a region

Sure planning to acquire Airtel-Vodafone

Sure planning to acquire Airtel-Vodafone

Monday 03 October 2022

Sure planning to acquire Airtel-Vodafone

Monday 03 October 2022

Sure has announced its intention to acquire Airtel-Vodafone in a move the telecoms operator says will "result in up to £48m being invested in a new innovative mobile network" including 5G services.

The plan to acquire 100% of Airtel-Vodafone in the Channel Islands from Bharti Global Limited is currently subject to regulatory approval in both Jersey and Guernsey.

Under current plans, Sure says the Airtel-Voadafone team would be integrated into a merged business.

"This merger will result in significant investment being made in the Channel Islands' digital infrastructure at a time when demand for connectivity has never been greater," CEO Alistair Beak said.

"Putting customers first, it will create a brand-new future-proofed mobile network which will improve coverage, value and reliability, and provide gigabit speeds to support enhanced connectivity. The combination of Sure and Airtel Vodafone will mean that as a larger business we can compete more effectively which will ultimately be great news for customers in terms of value and service."


Pictured: Sure's CEO, Alistair Beak.

Airtel-Vodafone said the planned merger would help ensure the long-term sustainability of the telecom sector across the islands.

This merger will benefit consumers, enterprises, employees and the telecom infrastructure as a whole, and the Airtel-Vodafone team is looking forward to joining the Sure family,” its CEO, Sid Ahlawat, commented.

Mr Beak went on to say that Sure looks "forward to welcoming the Airtel-Vodafone team to the Sure family", adding: "This will be a fantastic opportunity for us all to build a mobile network of the highest quality.

“We are prepared to make a number of promises to ensure Jersey customers get the best combined value of Sure and Airtel-Vodafone as well as, promising to improve the quality of network service and reliability.”

Sign up to newsletter



Comments on this story express the views of the commentator only, not Bailiwick Publishing. We are unable to guarantee the accuracy of any of those comments.

Once your comment has been submitted, it won’t appear immediately. There is no need to submit it more than once. Comments are published at the discretion of Bailiwick Publishing, and will include your username.

Posted by Robert Gabriel on
Whilst a reduction in competition is always to be lamented I very much doubt that too many people will notice if Airtel-Vodafone disappears.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
So the market gets smaller in the Islands, all the easier to increase charges.
We need MORE competition, NOT LESS.
To place a comment please login

You have landed on the Bailiwick Express website, however it appears you are based in . Would you like to stay on the site, or visit the site?