Bharti Airtel’s venture into the African telecom market through Zain Telecom has not exactly been a nice one so far for the Indian company. We recently reported that Bharti Zain lost almost 13% of its subscriber base to Africa’s leader MTN. In order to redeem itself in the African continent, Bharti Airtel has now tied up with IBM in Africa to change the face of African telecom industry.
Through this collaboration, IBM will be responsible for managing computing technology and services for Bharti Airtel in 16 African nations. Airtel plans to bring cheap and affordable mobile services to the remote areas in Africa through IBM. It may also be looking to incorporate a technology called Spoken Web which will enable users to just speak into the phone to search for information.
Just recently Bharti announced its venture into the mobile handset business as well which poses unique challenges for itself as blogged earlier. Bharti seem to want to grow bigger in India as well as internationally. However, we will have to wait and see if these ventures will in fact work out for the company. What do you think?