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    • Sh. V Sridhar, Chairman Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) inaugurates the facility
    • Bharti Airtel Ltd. is amongst the largest service tax assesses in the country. Airtel contribution to the exchequer in form of service tax was Rs 4108 crores (FY08-09)

    New Delhi, November 6, 2009 : Bharti Airtel Ltd inaugurated its Center for Shared Services for Taxation at a ceremony held today. Shri. V Sridhar, Chairman CBEC, inaugurated the Centre in the presence of senior officials from the Company and the Service Tax department. Mr. Sridhar congratulated the Company for this initiative.

    In a statement, Mr. Manoj Kohli, CEO & Jt. Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Ltd. said : " The Shared Services initiative is part of an overall transformation programme undertaken by us to improve the efficiency, speed and quality of service. The Shared Services will deliver all taxation compliances, and also prepare the Company for the new GST regime which is expected in 2010. We are proud of our tax compliance record, specially with our large scale and wide spread operations. With this launch, we will be able to scale up our operations to more than 200 million customers whilst sustaining our compliance track record. We are thankful to the Chairman, CBEC, and the Commissioner, Service Tax for their whole hearted support to our Shared Services".

    Bharti Airtel Ltd. is amongst the largest service tax assessees in the country. Airtel’s contribution to the exchequer on account of service tax was Rs. 4108 crores during the year 2008-09.

    The Centre for Shared Services which operates under the "Airtel Activ" umbrella is a centre of excellence where multi- functional processes such as HR, Supply Chain, Finance and Tax would be undertaken for the entire company.

    About Bharti Airtel Limited: Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers with operations in India and Sri Lanka. The company has an aggregate of over 113.4 million customers as of end September 2009, including 110.51 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by Business Week.

    Bharti Airtel is structured as four strategic business units - Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 95 Indian cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. The Digital TV business provides Direct-to-Home TV services across India. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 113,326 Rkms covering all the major cities in India. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai, that connect two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.airtel.in