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    Bharti Telesonic launches IndiaOne MeetXpress audio conferencing service


    Highly reliable and secure service at affordable rates 

    State-of-the-art technology platform from Avaya, USA



    Delivers huge cost savings for customers


    New Delhi, February 18, 2003: Bharti Telesonic, India’s first private long distance service provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s leading integrated telecom player Bharti Enterprises, today announced the launch of IndiaOne MeetXpress audio-conferencing service.


    Based on the state-of-the-art technology platform from Avaya (USA), the world’s leading enterprise telecom technology company, IndiaOne MeetXpress provides enterprises national and international audio conferencing at highly affordable and competitive rates of Rs. 4.00 only per participant/ per minute (local and long distance charges extra, as applicable).


    Audio conferencing is a well-accepted practice internationally and saves cost and time on frequent travels of business executives.


    IndiaOne MeetXpress audio conferencing service enables over 100 business executives based in different locations to simultaneously communicate through their mobile or landline phones. For example, a National Sales Head can almost instantly set up a conference with his entire sales team spread out nationally, from his mobile while making a market visit in, say Raipur, and engage in discussions on new ideas and findings direct from the market.


    Highlighting the value of IndiaOne MeetXpress, Mr. N. Arjun, CEO, Bharti Telesonic, said, “Enterprises can realize substantial savings on their travel and telecommunications costs using IndiaOne MeetXpress for their periodic reviews, sales conferences, project reviews, management discussions, press conferences, and analyst meets and other critical multi-locational activities. With IndiaOne MeetXpress, enterprises will benefit significantly in terms of productivity gains.”


    IndiaOne MeetXpress audio conferencing service comes with a host of power-packed features to make any business meeting truly productive. The service can instantly conduct Polls on any issue, conduct Question and Answer Sessions, facilitate Data Sharing by uploading it on the IndiaOne website, Sub-conferencing in smaller groups and much more. On top of this, IndiaOne MeetXpress also offers high reliability and confidentiality backed by top-class customer care service with a proven track record.


    With IndiaOne MeetXpress, customers can choose from Dial in and Dial out methods and Attended or Unattended conferences. With its Express Dial-out facility, simultaneously a large number of participants can be dialed out and invited into a conference. In Attended conferences the customer has the facility to use the IndiaOne operator available on call for any help.


    IndiaOne MeetXpress audio conferencing service rides on IndiaOne’s 20,000 km advanced fibre optic network nationally. IndiaOne from Bharti Telesonic has been solely responsible for making long distance communications affordable in India. It has catalysed a huge STD rate drop from a peak of Rs. 24.00 in January, 2001, to Rs. 2.99 per minute now on cell-to-cell calls. IndiaOne has also been responsible for cutting the ISD rates by up to 40%.

    About Bharti 
    Bharti Tele-Ventures is India's leading private sector provider of telecommunications services based on an aggregate of approximately 3.21 million customers as of January 31, 2002 consisting of approximately 2.88 million mobile and 3,34,000 fixed-line customers. The Company through its subsidiaries also provides fixed-line, VSAT, Internet services and network solutions. The Company has also commenced offering national and international long distance services.

    The company seeks to capitalize on the growth opportunities that it believes are available in the Indian market and consolidate its position to be an integrated telecommunications service provider, with a focus on mobile services.

    The Company today offers mobile services in Fifteen out of 22 circles in India. As of December 31, 2002, approximately 94% of India’s total number of mobile subscribers resided in Bharti’s existing and proposed mobile circles, according to COAI reports. Bharti Tele-Ventures was the first private sector operator to provide fixed-line services in India when it commenced providing services in the Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh circle in June 1998. BTVL recently launched its fixed-line services in the license areas of Haryana, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and thus became the first private sector service provider to provide fixed-line services in all its licensed areas.

    Bharti Tele-Ventures has always believed in creating strong partnerships with its joint venture partners. Today, SingTel and Warburg Pincus are its leading partners. The other partners include leading international financial investors such as International Finance Corporation, Asian Infrastructure Fund Group and New York Life Insurance.