Axiata seeks Malaysia, Indonesia mergers after Telenor talks end

A customer looks at a smartphone on display at a Bluecube store operated by Celcom Axiata Bhd., a unit of Axiata Group Bhd., in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Photographer: Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg

Axiata Group Bhd. is pursuing mergers as a key strategy despite an abrupt end to its plan to form an Asian mobile giant with Telenor ASA, its top executive said.

Malaysia’s largest wireless carrier, which provides telecommunication services to more than 300 million people from India to Cambodia, could see mergers happening for its Indonesian and Malaysian operations within three to five years, Chief Executive Officer Jamaludin Ibrahim said in an interview.

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