Indian telecoms giant Bharti Airtel has pulled out of the bidding for the purchase of 9Mobile.

9Mobile, formerly known as Etisalat, is up for sale, with bidding aimed at finding new investors for the debt-laden company.

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Bharti Airtel’s Africa spokesman confirmed a Reuters report from Tuesday that the Indian telecoms company did not submit a firm bid for the Nigerian company before a deadline on January 16.

“In the absence of key information, key contracts and other requested data, all of which is ordinarily made available during bids of this kind, we have been unable to participate in this process,” the spokesman said.

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