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Oct 20, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tigo celco said it will expand its services and coverage following its acquisition by Etisalat, the United Arab Emirates-based telecom firm. Tigo Sri Lanka chief executive Dumindra Ratnayaka said Etisalat had acquired 100 percent of the Tigo Sri Lanka operation from Millicom International.

“We have been seeking this kind of backing of a well resourced international operator to take our Sri Lanka operations to the next level, and Etisalat’s experience, technology, financial standing and commitment to developing markets such as ours will help us do that,” he said.

“Sri Lankan consumers will benefit in terms of investments in product and service development and fullest expansion of our services to every part of the island.”

He assured subscribers of further improvements given Etisalat’s investments in various telecom technologies, its work in the integration of voice, data and video, its telecom training centres and technology transfers and widespread roaming agreements.

Ratnayake in a statement also said there will be no change in the local management and staff.

The statement also quoted Etisalat Chairman Mohammed H