Axiata Group

Axiata Group Berhad is a Malaysian telecommunications conglomerate with extensive operations in Asia. It is the country's largest wireless carrier.[4]

Axiata Group Berhad
TM International Berhad
Traded asMYX: 6888
FoundedJune 12, 1992
HeadquartersAxiata Tower, 9 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Areas served
Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Singapore, Pakistan
Key people
Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid, Chairman
Jamaludin Ibrahim, Managing Director/President/Group Chief Executive Officer
ProductsMobile Network Operation, Network Infrastructure & Digital Internet Company
RevenueIncrease MYR 24.4 billion 2017[1]
MYR 21.6 billion 2016[2]
MYR 19.9 billion 2015[2]
Increase MYR 1.2 billion 2017[3]
MYR 504.3 million 2016[2]
MYR 2.6 billion 2015[2]
Number of employees
>25,000 (groupwide)
ParentKhazanah Nasional

The group

Axiata’s primary business is in investment holding and the provision of telecommunication and consultancy services on an international scale. Their main focus being emerging markets in Asia, some with low mobile penetration in South and Southeast Asia.[5]

Formerly known as TM International Bhd (TMI), the company was incorporated on 12 June 1992, and was the mobile and international operations arm of Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM).[6] Following the de-merger of TMI from TM, the company was listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 2008.[6] On 2 April 2009, TMI underwent a rebranding exercise, launching its new name, Axiata, and a new logo.[7]

Their new tagline, Advancing Asia, was also launched, reflecting the direction of the company in focusing their expansion within Asia[7]

Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia.[8] with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. The Group also has stakes in non-mobile telecommunication operations in Thailand and Pakistan.[9]

Their Board of Directors contains:

  • Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid - Chairman, Non-Executive Director
  • Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim - Managing Director/President and Group Chief Executive
  • David Lau Nai Pek - Senior Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Dr David R Dean - Senior Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Nik Mahmood - Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Dr Lisa Lim Poh Lin - Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Khoo Gaik Bee - Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Muhamad Chatib Basri - Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin bin Raja Abdul Aziz - Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director
  • Dato' Mohd Izzadin Idris - Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director [10]

Subsidiary holdings

In their website in 2016, it was announced that Axiata had over 300 million subscriber across Asia and a group revenue of MYR19.9 billion (USD4.52 billion) in 2015.[11] It was also reported that the company provided employment to 25,000 people in ten countries.[9]

Axiata’s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia, ‘Idea’ in India, 'Ncell' in Nepal (acquisition from TeliaSonera completed on 12 April 2016[12]), and ‘M1’ in Singapore. On February 15, 2019 Axiata sold off its entire shares in 'M1' to Konnectivity Pte Ltd for RM1.65 billion, citing the need for capital reallocation and new priorities in line with its vision to be the Next Generation Digital Champion by 2022[13].

Country Brand Ownership
 Bangladesh Robi 68.7%
 Cambodia Smart 100%
 India Vodafone Idea Limited 8.17%
   Nepal Ncell 80% [14]
 Indonesia XL 66.55%
 Malaysia Celcom 100%
 Sri Lanka Dialog 83.32%

On 4 January 2018, Bloomberg reported that Axiata is planning a domestic IPO of its tower subsidiary Edotco.[4] The IPO is expected to raise as much as $500 million.[4]


  1. ^ "Axiata Posts Better 3Q16 Performance in Key Indicators Lifted by Ncell's First Full Quarter Contribution". 2018-11-24. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ a b c "Wireless carrier Axiata's unit may seek KL listing". The Straits Times. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  5. ^ "Axiata moves to centralise its treasury". FinanceAsia. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  6. ^ a b "TM International to list on April 28". The Star. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b "TMI unveils new name but limits itself to Asia". The Star. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  8. ^ Axiata. "Axiata Group – One of Asia's largest telecommunications groups". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  9. ^ a b "Axiata Delivers Another Strong Performance into 2010 with 1Q PATAMI of RM921 million" (PDF). Corporate Communications, Group Strategy, Axiata Group Berhad. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  10. ^ Axiata. "Axiata Group – One of Asia's largest telecommunications groups". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  11. ^ Axiata. "Axiata Group – One of Asia's largest telecommunications groups". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  12. ^ "TeliaSonera quits nepal, Ncell sold to Malaysian Telco group Axiata for 1.03Bil USD •". TechSansar. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Malaysian giant acquires 80 per cent stake in Ncell for 1.36 billion US dollars". Retrieved 2017-06-23.

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Abdul Wahid Omar

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar (Jawi: عبدالواحد بن عمر; born 1964) was the Group Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), a Malaysia's government-linked investment company and one of the country's largest fund management company from August 2016 to June 2018. Previously, he was appointed as a Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning, serving from June 2013 to June 2016. He is also known as the former President & CEO of Maybank from 2008 to 2013, Malaysia's largest public listed company and one of the leading financial services groups in Southeast Asia. His major contribution to corporate world is overseeing the turnaround of UEM Group, Telekom Malaysia and Maybank.

Airtel Bangladesh

airtel (Bengali: এয়ারটেল), in Bangladesh, is an independent product brand of Robi Axiata, since Robi Airtel Limited is the Licensee of 'airtel' Brand in Bangladesh.

In 2010, Warid Telecom sold a majority 70% stake in the company to India's Bharti Airtel Limited for US$300 million. Bharti's proposal also included an initial $300-million investment in Warid for creating new shares in the company. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission approved the deal on 4 Jan 2010. Bharti Airtel Limited took management control of the company and its board, and re-branded the company's services under its own 'airtel' brand from 20 December 2010.

In March, 2013, Warid Telecom sold its rest 30% share to Bharti Airtel's Singapore-based concern Bharti Airtel Holdings Pte Limited for US$85 million.On 8 September 2013, Airtel Bangladesh received 5 MHz of the 3G spectrum at US$1.25 million.

In January 2016, Robi and Airtel Bangladesh announced that they intended to merge their operations in Bangladesh, that the combined entity would be called Robi, which would serve about 32 million subscribers, and in which Axiata Group would own 68.7% of the shares, Bharti Group would own 25%, with the remainder owned by NTT DoCoMo. The merger was completed in November 2016.

Axiata Arena

Putra Indoor Stadium (Malay: Stadium Putra), currently named as Axiata Arena for sponsorship reasons, is an indoor arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Axis Telecom

Axis is an Indonesian cellular service owned by XL Axiata, a subsidiary of the Axiata Group. It provides 2G, 3G and BlackBerry services nationwide and covers the world through 382 international roaming partners in 159 countries.

Axis aims to make mobile voice, sms, data and content services available and affordable to all in Indonesia. The brand first launched service in 2008 and introduced a different approach in the marketing of its products and service offerings by being simple, easy to understand and straightforward with its tariff plans. The company also challenges the market norm by providing honest offers without hidden terms and conditions.


Celcom Axiata Berhad, DBA Celcom, is the oldest mobile telecommunications provider in Malaysia. Celcom is a member of the Axiata group of companies. Being one of the very few companies in Malaysia to originally obtain a cellular phone license, it successfully introduced mobile telephony in Malaysia through its ART-900 (Automatic Radio Telephone) service, using first generation (analogue) ETACS (Extended Total Access Communication System) specifications of the United Kingdom, a derivative of the US-AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) technology. The ETACS ART-900 was started using the prefix "010". Celcom now uses the dialling prefix identifier of "013" and "019" and offer digital GSM (Groupe Speciale Mobile), an originally European standard, now largely a world standard for mobile communications. The original frequency band for GSM is 900 MHz, and was soon extended to 1800 MHz to cater for a much wider bandwidth requirements. The 2100 MHz band is used for their dual-channel HSPA+ network. Celcom is also licensed and has been operating FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz.

Through the Mobile Numbering Portability by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, CELCOM also provides Virtual Mobile Operator services. Celcom also provides rural communications services using CDMA Technology and Satellite Phone.

Dialog Axiata

Dialog Axiata PLC (Sinhalese: ඩයලොග් ආසියාටා පීඑල්සී Dayalog Asiyata Pielsi; Tamil:டயலொக் ஆசியாடா பிஎல்சி) (formerly known as MTN Networks and later Dialog Telekom), is one of Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications service provider with the country's largest mobile network operator of 13.4 million subscribers and commands a 44% of the Sri Lankan mobile market. Dialog is a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad which owns 83.32% controlling stake of the company while the rest is held by the public.

Dialog was Listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange in 2005 June As of February 2017 Dialog Axiata holds LKR 86.3 billion (US$573 million) in market capitalization and the 5th largest listed company in Sri Lanka by Market Capitalization. In 2015 "Dialog" brand name was valued at LKR 28.6 billion (US$204 million) and as the 3rd most valuable brand in the country by business magazine LMD in its annual study. In 2014 the company received the highest "Platinum" rating in the country's Corporate Accountability Index for the 4th consecutive year.Dialog operates on 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G and 4G LTE communications networks, and became the first operator to launch commercial 3G and HSPA+ operations in South Asia when it rollout the network on 16 August 2006. In April 2013 Dialog Axiata launched its mobile 4G LTE services using 10Mhz of spectrum in 1800Mhz band becoming the first operator to launch commercial FD-LTE network in South Asia, initially delivering peak data rates of 50 Mbit/s.

In addition to its core business of mobile telephony, the company operates a number of services including Dialog TV, a Direct To Home Satellite TV service and Dialog Global which provides international telecommunication services. Dialog Broadband offers fixed-line and broadband internet services, whilst Dialog Tele-Infrastructure is the company’s national telco infrastructure arm.

Dialog was the first mobile operator to cover the Jaffna peninsula in Northern Sri Lanka within 90 days of the ceasefire agreement in 2002 and again in 2009 was the first mobile operator to extend its GSM network to the areas in the North and East Province where the war was fought, and presently has 80% market share in the region.Dialog Axiata is an investor under the aegis of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and has invested over US $1.96 billion towards the development of telecommunications infrastructure, thus becoming the single largest contributor to Sri Lankan foreign direct investment (FDI) to date.

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Hans Wijayasuriya

Shridhir Sariputta Hansa (‘Hans’) Wijayasuriya (born April 2, 1968), a Sri Lankan telecommunications business executive, is the regional CEO for the South Asian Region of the Axiata Group Bhd., Asia’s second largest telecommunications company. Until 2016, he was also the group chief executive of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile communications provider. During the period 2012-14, He was founder CEO of Axiata Digital Services, the pan-region Digital Services arm of the Axiata Group.In June 2016, the GSM Association (the trade group the mobile industry), gave him an award. Hans was also named ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ in 2008, by a local business journal, LMD.

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List of companies of Sri Lanka

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As of 2010, the service sector makes up 60% of GDP, the industrial sector 28%, and the agriculture sector 12%. The private sector accounts for 85% of the economy. India is Sri Lanka's largest trading partner. Economic disparities exist between the provinces, with the Western province contributing 45.1% of the GDP and the Southern province and the Central province contributing 10.7% and 10%, respectively.

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Ncell (Nepali: एनसेल), is a privately owned mobile network operator in Nepal. Ncell was the first private company to operate public GSM services in Nepal, initially under Mero Mobile brand, then it was re-branded to Ncell on 12 March 2010 as soon as Swedish Telecommunication company Telia Sonera bought it. It broke the monopoly held by the then state-owned, now public telecommunication company Nepal Telecom. On 12 April 2016, Ncell has officially become a part of Axiata Group Berhad, a Malaysian telecommunications group.


Robi Axiata Limited, DBA Robi (Bengali: রবি), is the second largest mobile network operator of Bangladesh. It is a joint venture between Axiata Group Berhad of Malaysia, Bharti Airtel Limited of India and NTT DoCoMo Inc. of Japan. Axiata holds 68.7% controlling stake in the entity, Bharti holds 25% while the remaining 6.3% is held by NTT DOCOMO of Japan.The first merger of Bangladesh's telecom sector has come into effect with the beginning of the operation of Robi Axiata Limited as the merged company on November 16, 2016. Following the merger of Robi and airtel, the merged company is now known as Robi Axiata Limited. Having successfully completed the merger process, Robi has emerged as the second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh. The merged company has nationwide network coverage.

Robi first commenced operation in 1997 as Telekom Malaysia International (Bangladesh) with the brand name ‘AKTEL’. In 2010 the company was re-branded to ‘Robi’ and the company changed its name to Robi Axiata Limited. As of November 2016, Robi Axiata uses two brands 'robi' and 'airtel' for its mobile services. ‘airtel’ is as an independent product brand of Robi Axiata. Robi Axiata has spectrum on GSM 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands.

Sapura Energy

Sapura Energy Berhad (formerly known as SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad) is a Malaysian integrated oil and gas services company based in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. Sapura Energy trades in over 20 countries, such as China, Australia, United States of America, and those in Western Africa and the Middle East, employing approximately 13,000 people. Sapura Energy’s operations cover exploration, development, production, rejuvenation, decommissioning, and abandonment. The company was formed via a merger between SapuraCrest and Kencana in May 2012 and trades on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The company was renamed as Sapura Energy Berhad on March 24, 2017.

Smart Axiata

Smart Axiata Company Limited, DBA Smart (formerly known as Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile), is Cambodia's telecommunications service provider.

In 2015, Smart launched the Smart Music service, signing many original musicians exclusivity to their streaming platform. Smart is now one of the largest supporters of the new Original Music Movement in Cambodia.

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XL Axiata

PT XL Axiata Tbk (formerly PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk), is an Indonesia-based mobile telecommunications services operator. The operator's coverage includes Java, Bali, and Lombok as well as the principal cities in and around Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. XL offers data communication, broadband Internet, mobile communication and 3G services over GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks.

Initially XL provided cellular mobile telephony services using the GSM 900 technology. A few years after launching services, the company was awarded a license for implementing a DCS 1800 network, and to operate an ISP and VoIP service. In 2006, XL obtained a 3G license, which services launched in September of the same year.

At the end of 2010, the company had more than 40 million subscribers with more than 22,000 BTS towers across Indonesia.

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