Mittal’s foreign partners present a set of challenges to his company in the form of setting high prices for equipment sold or services rendered. There have been times that Bharti-Airtel has been forced to withdraw from certain contracts with their foreign partners. This withdrawal ends up being an expensive affair due to the contracts signed during negotiation.
The contracts also lock the telecommunications provider from engaging in the latest technologies presented by other equipment manufacturers. Foreign companies demand that one has to have a visible and better-managed governance structure before entering into any partnership. This increases the time period before the company has to enter into the market, and by the time of approval, their major competitors have already started operations hence preventing Bharti- Airtel from market dominance.