In September 2011 Lebara celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Serving the international calling sector, Lebara is the leading international prepaid sim in the UK with over one million UK customers and three million worldwide. Now one of the world’s fastest growing mobile companies, the founders Leon R. Ranjith, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesan Yoganthan started their journey as distributors in late 2001 in Norway.
The CEO Ratheesan Yoganthan says that his company will continue the high level of service that it has been providing. It is more important to develop our relationships with our existing customers and to tap into their needs rather than focus on getting new customers.
Just five years after its launch, Lebara was ranked as the UK’s fourth fastest-growing private company in the Sunday Times ‘Fast Track 100 listing’ and has continued to win accolades from the mobile communications industry. In a highly competitive and crowded ethic market they recently announced reaching the £500m revenue mark.
Lebara recently teamed up with MasterCard to launch its sub-brand Lebara Money, a move to break the money transfer market. The prepaid two-card facility allows customers to send and withdrawn money internationally. Lebara continues to expand it market with launches in news countries, sponsorship of high profile events including the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards and their charitable commitments to projects abroad through the Lebara Foundation.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Lebara will be donating 1 million Euros to help educate 100,000 children across 10 countries. From the 1st August 2011, every time a customer tops up 10 Euros or more, Lebara will donate 1% to support projects run by UNHCR and IFRC in Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland Romania & Turkey. The project has so far raised over 723,000 Euros!
The founding members trace their roots back to the North & Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, where they continue to support the community rebuild their lives after a devastating civil war. Through the Lebara foundation they fund and support an artificial limbs project for 200 war victims, provide Low cost housing for 50 internally displaced families and provide educational scholarships to 300 children in the North. We congratulate Lebara on reaching this milestone and their support to the under privileged across the globe.