More of an infrastructure deal, this: Bharti Telesoft (BTSL) has tied up, interestingly, with a company that its sister concern was wooing: CIOL reports that BTSL will provide deploy SMSC, MMSC and WAP Gateway for all 21 of MTNs companies. MTN is among the largest mobile operators, and it appears that Indian companies are looking more and more towards Africa – OnMobile Global is using language development capabilities from Telisma to help it get entry into various markets – and claims to have already got a significant win in Africa; Telisma has developed language capabilities for 4 languages.
South Africa based MTN, which was in talks for mergers/acquisition with both Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel in India, had over 74.1 million subscribers as of June 30, 2008. On its part, BTSL has had operations in Africa since 2002: do read about the context of their African foray here.
Listed in South Africa, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, reaching more than 500 million people and with more than 74.1 million subscribers as of June 30, 2008 across its operations.