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    REC signs multi-year contract with Airtel for Network Management services
    REC ERP backbone becomes fully operational across 19 locations in India
    - REC completes its largest IT roll out in response to emerging financial needs of the power sector
    - Project to help transform REC’s finance delivery mechanism for the power sector

    New Delhi, January 11, 2010 :Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecom service provider, today announced completion of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC) project for end to end Network Management services. REC is a Navaratna Public Sector Enterprise with the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The contract agreement was signed in the presence of Mr. P. Umashankar (IAS), CMD REC and Mr. Manoj Kohli CEO & Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel. Also present on the occasion were Mr. B.P. Yadav, Executive Director (IT) REC and Mr. Sukesh Jain COO-North, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel.

    Under the auspices of the agreement, Bharti Airtel will manage REC’s complete ERP backbone including the Data Centre and the entire network connecting Delhi Corporate Office and 18 Project/Zonal offices across the country. This State-of-the-Art set-up to facilitate a complete transformation of REC’s business functions across the organization. REC has already implemented an Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning solution automating all its major functions to achieve its Mission 

    This project will drive an Enterprise-wide solution which is aimed at achieving: 

    Faster processing of proposals from borrowers which includes state power utilities, major private generation agencies etc
    Greater satisfaction to the borrowers
    Decision making support for the management
    Switch over from existing distributed legacy operation to an fully integrated automated and automated environment
    Towards achieving a paper-less processing environment

    According to Mr. Chris Tobit, Director Sales & Operations, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel, “We are delighted to be entrusted with this prestigious project from RECL, a premier Government of India Navaratna enterprise. It is a clear recognition of our strength to deliver end to end solutions to our customers. The Managed Services opportunity in India is set to expand exponentially in the years ahead and endorsements like RECL are a reiteration of Airtel’s efforts in driving the India B2B growth opportunity.” 

    As part of the agreement, Bharti Airtel to supply, installation and manage the hardware Security and Network equipment and set up a Standby Server Center infrastructure and establishment of a state of art Level 3 Data Center co-located at Bharti Airtel facilities, to ensure adherence to RECL’s business continuity plans. The Managed Services mandate will also have Bharti Airtel offer Training and On-site Facility management services and set up a Helpdesk facility. 

    About RECL

    Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (RECL) is a Navaratna central public sector Enterprise incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 in the year 1969 with the main objective of financing rural electrification Schemes in the Country. Subsequently, in the year 1992, RECL was notified as a public financing institution under section 4A of the Companies Act, 1934. The Government of India upgraded REC as a schedule "A" Enterprise, in the year 2001. RECL was granted Mini Ratna -I Status by Govt. of India in the year 2002, to include financing of all project including transmission, distribution and generation without any restriction on population, geographically location or size. RECL was awarded Navaratna status in 2008, endowing it with greater managerial autonomy. For more information, visit www.recindia.gov.in

    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 118 million customers as of end November 2009, including 116.01 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