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Bharti says to expand cable network to Bhutan

The chairman of Bharti Airtel Ltd. Sunil Mittal speaks during a news conference in New Delhi in this May 15, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it had signed an accord with the government of Bhutan to expand the firm’s optic fibre cable network to the Himalayan kingdom.

Financial details were not disclosed. Bharti, India’s top telecoms firm, said in a statement the cable network would improve voice and data services in Bhutan.

Bharti, which also operates mobile services in Sri Lanka, and South Africa’s MTN are in exclusive talks aimed at a merger to create the world’s third-biggest telecoms firm.

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