Etisalat SIM cards in Sri Lanka will not be usable after September 2021

Etisalat SIM cards in Sri Lanka will no longer be usable after September 2021.

HUTCH has requested original Etisalat 072 customers presently on the Hutch network to upgrade their existing SIM cards to Hutch 072 SIM cards as soon as possible as these will be expired shortly and no longer be usable after September 2021.

According to the announcement, the original Etisalat customers who have not yet upgraded their SIM cards can upgrade to a new Hutch 072 SIM conveniently across 4000+ Hutch SIM Upgrade points across the island.

Customers can also get the new SIM delivered to their doorsteps via post ordering over the phone or online. The SIM will be delivered within 3-5 days upon the request.

Along with every SIM upgrade, customers are awarded a Rs. 500 bonus which can be used for Voice, Data and SMS services over a week.

With this initiative, HUTCH plans to bring all its 072 & 078 subscribers under a unified service system and provide equal benefits alongside its new SMART value proposition.

The new SMART campaign titled “Yanko, Vango, Let’s Go Smart with HUTCH” is yet another pioneering initiative that encourages all of the Sri Lankans to be smarter in the way they think, live and act.

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Hutch Lanka), a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Group (CKHH Group Hong Kong), announced in May last year the successful completion and consolidation post-acquisition of rival mobile network operator (MNO) Etisalat Lanka from Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (Etisalat Group).

CKHH and Etisalat completed the mobile merger agreement on 30 November 2018. In announcing the amalgamation of the two MNOs, the pair noted that upon completion of the sale CK Hutchison Holdings Limited group will have a majority and controlling stake of 85% whilst Etisalat Group will have 15% ownership of Hutch Lanka.

The move follows April 2018’s agreement between Etisalat and CKHH to merge Sri Lanka’s third and fourth largest cellcos, under the UAE-based group’s portfolio optimisation strategy, subject to securing the necessary competition and regulatory approvals in Sri Lanka – which they subsequently secured. (Colombo Gazette)