Airtel Sierra Leone, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has expanded coverage of its wireless network to Sahn Malen in the Pujehun District in the south of the country. Local newspaper Awareness Times reports that the new cell site will also cover the surrounding villages of Joa, Saa, Libbi, Sinabu, Singo, Masahun and Tamabom, amongst others. Airtel Sierra Leone’s managing director, RVS Bhullar, said the company would be launching a further 26 sites over the next few months. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Airtel (then known as Celtel) launched GSM-900 services in Sierra Leone in April 2000. The company adopted the Zain brand in August 2008, ahead of another rebranding to Airtel in late 2010, after Bharti Airtel finalised the acquisition of the African assets of Zain Group in June 2010, in a deal valued at USD10.7 billion. The company took over Zain’s operations in 15 countries, including Sierra Leone, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.