Bharti Airtel to set up the Telecommunications Network Infrastructure for Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone
November 8th, 2006: Bharti Airtel today announced a first of its kind alliance with the Adani group for setting up the Telecommunications Network Infrastructure for its multi-sector Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located at Mundra port.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to roll out end-to-end telecom solutions for Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) of the Adani Group was signed between Mr. Vinod Sawhny, Joint President, Bharti Airtel Limited and Mr. Ameet H. Desai, Chief Financial Officer (Infrastructure), Adani Group.
This joint initiative between Bharti and the Adani Group is critical for the development of Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone, one of the largest multi-sector operational SEZs. Under the agreement, Bharti Airtel will set up the Telecom corridor connecting the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone site nationally and internationally. The Telecom infrastructure within the SEZ will be rolled out in a phased manner and will cover all areas within the SEZ, including the port and the power plant areas.
Bharti Airtel will enable Adani Group to realize its objective of making Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone the most preferred destination offering world-class infrastructure, services and multimodal connectivity for global business, living, learning and recreation.
Announcing the agreement, Mr. Vinod Sawhny, Joint President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said, “The partnership with the Adani Group is a great beginning to realize the vision of SEZs in the country. Bharti Airtel has repeatedly demonstrated its expertise in setting up complex and extensive projects for large Enterprises across India. We are happy to be the exclusive partner for setting up the telecom network for Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone, which when completed will be among India’s largest.”
On this occasion Mr. Ameet H. Desai, CFO (Infrastructure) Adani Group said, “With signing of this agreement, first of its kind in the country, an important milestone has been achieved in development of Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone. This initiative will go a long-way in providing communication backbone to existing as well as prospective occupants of SEZ and improve productivity”
As part of the agreement, Bharti aims to equip the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone with world-class data, fixed voice and mobile services, besides providing Managed Hosting and business resiliency & continuity services. Under Managed Hosting Services, Bharti will not only host and manage the data & applications for enterprises based at Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone but also provide them with end-to-end connectivity and video surveillance and create a MPLS VPN. Companies will also be able to safeguard themselves against any unforeseen disasters by having access to back up of critical business data and applications through the business resiliency and continuity services offered by Bharti.
About Adani Group:
The Adani Group founded by Mr. Gautam S. Adani in 1988 is a leader in the global trading and development of infrastructure in private sector in India. The groups interests ranges from Global trading , Edible oil, Agro products, Agri logistics, Retail, Power, Coal, Oil and Gas Exploration, Gas Distribution, Real Estate, Ports, Special Economic Zones, IT enabled services etc.
The group continuously endeavors to explore new opportunities to add and capture value for all stake holders. The Adani Group today is one of the fastest growing conglomerates which manages turnover of Rs. 160 billion.
About Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited
Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited, a member of Adani Group manages one of the largest privately developed port and multi sector Special Economic Zone spread over 100sq.kms area in the Kutchh peninsula. The port is all-weather and has 6 operational berths of which 2 berths handle container traffic. This SEZ has rail-road and air strip. Utilities like Power, Water, Gas, Social infrastructure, Infocomm solution are being created for facilitating for improving productivity of existing as well as prospective occupants.
About Bharti Airtel Limited:
Bharti Airtel Limited is one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 28.69 million customers as of end of September‘06, consisting of 27.06 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among 10 best performing companies in the world in the Business Week IT 100 list.
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 fiber network currently spans over 36,000 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
Enterprise Services SBU – Bharti Airtel:
Enterprise Services SBU of Bharti Airtel, the division that will partner with the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone, was created to address the opportunity offered by the enterprise business segment and give Bharti Airtel a greater marketing edge besides leveraging offerings fully for speedy growth. This division of the Bharti Airtel group provides secure, scalable, seamless, reliable and customized integrated solutions to key customers.
Bharti Airtel’s Enterprise Services division has a joint go to market with IBM to offer end-to-end managed services, including connectivity, at client locations around the country. The company also has partnerships with Wipro and TCS to offer integrated IT & telecom services all under one platform.