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    To represent the fast growing Asian region and provide strategic focus to the GSMA Board

    New Delhi, February 20, 2008: Mr. Manoj Kohli, President and CEO, Bharti Airtel, has been inducted into the prestigious GSM Association (GSMA) Board. Constituted in 2003, the Board is an apex body that provides the GSMA’s members with a stronger voice, clearer direction, and enables faster decision-making. Mr. Kohli is one of the three members to be inducted into the board this year and will represent the GSM industry across the Indian sub-continent and the Asian region. The GSMA’s Board comprises of top-level representatives of some of the world's leading mobile operators, such as Cingular Wireless, China Mobile, Orange, Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile and Vodafone.


    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Manoj Kohli, President & CEO, Bharti Airtel said, “Globally, mobile is progressing from present 85% with GSM to its next technology evolution HSPA/LTE in the next 5 years, which will be great for standardisation of both equipments and handsets. With India set to contribute significant portion of future global customer growth, we should now actively participate in influencing and tracking of new technologies. Through GSMA, Bharti Airtel is committed to bring global first innovations to our present 60 million and rapidly growing customer base.”


    The GSMA has 25 Board Members including 23 operator representatives, the Chair of the Executive Management Committee - the body that manages the Association's ongoing activities in the area of products and services - and the GSMA CEO.



    About the GSMA:


    The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile phone operators across 218 countries and territories of the world. In addition, more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association's initiatives as key partners. The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers. The Association's members serve more than 2.5 billion customers - 85% of the world's mobile phone users.



    Bharti Airtel Limited:


    Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 60 million customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.


    Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 67,000 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in