License to allow Bharti Airtel to operate International Carrier Services from Singapore
Bharti Airtel to establish a Point of Presence (PoP) in Singapore to enhance global connectivity
New Delhi, September 10, 2007: Bharti Airtel (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom service provider, today announced that it has been awarded the Facility Based Operator (FBO) license in Singapore. Under the license, the company will now be able to operate international carrier facilities from Singapore. With the license, the company will be able to provide highly reliable services to its customers on its owned infrastructure.
Bharti Airtel will be establishing a PoP in Singapore for cable interconnection at the landing station and another PoP for providing connectivity to service providers and local carriers. With the PoPs, the company will be able to interconnect its cables with other service providers in Singapore to offer enhanced connectivity options. Multiple cable systems like Network i2i, SeMeWe4, Asia America Gateway, APCN2, EAC and C2C will aggregate at Singapore, making Singapore the interconnection hub for Airtel traffic between India and over 90 countries around the world. This license will support Airtel’s robust portfolio of international voice and data services, including Private Lines, Internet, MPLS, Long Distance, Toll Free Services, and Mobile Roaming.
Speaking on the occasion, David Nishball, President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd. said, “The FBO license is yet another important step in our journey towards ensuring that Airtel is able to meet our customer’s complete global communication needs. Our customers can now enjoy enhanced reliability and quality, using the best of our own capabilities and our strong partnerships with international carriers, particularly SingTel with whom we have a preferred partnership arrangement. With Singapore becoming a network aggregation hub for the multiple cable systems in our network, we will be able to offer to our customers increased redundancy and a more resilient network.”
The grant of license is in sync with Bharti’s strategy to focus on the enterprise space by offering world-class, end-to-end communication solutions to large corporates.
About Bharti Airtel Limited
Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 46.76 million customers as of end of July 2007, consisting of 44.76 million mobile 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, Broadband & Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T 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 40,000 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