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    Royal Government of Bhutan to partner with Airtel for fulfilling its 2013 ICT vision
    Bharti Airtel launches new terrestrial cable network to Bhutan 
     
    • Initiative to help further the growth of the IT/ITES & Data Centre market in Bhutan
    • Airtel’s network expansion plan opens up new connectivity solution to South Asian countries
    New Delhi, August 4, 2009: Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider today announced the creation of a new terrestrial cable network to BhutanAs part of this initiative, Airtel has inked an MoU with the Royal Government of Bhutan to extend fibre connectivity to the Himalayan Kingdom. 

    “We are deeply honored to have the opportunity to partner the Royal Government of Bhutan to help build a world class ICT infrastructure in Bhutan. At Bharti, we have always believed in undertaking business projects that have a positive impact on the society at large. The launch of Bhutan Fibre Connect is reiteration of Bharti Airtel’s commitment to building a truly global network." said, Manoj Kohli, CEO& Joint MD, Bharti Airtel. 

    The initiative will enable enterprises in Bhutan, to reach out to the world by accessing Bharti’s cable assets, through its International cable landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai. The terrestrial fiber optic link to Bhutan will be ring protected to ensure high uptime. The initiative is set to boost IT & telecommunication infrastructure in Bhutan to bring much needed diversity and provide a fillip to communication services in the region. 

    “The Royal Government of Bhutan has identified Information and Communications Technology as a priority sector for creating an Information Society, providing Government services to citizens and businesses through the deployment of e-Government solutions and further the growth of the IT/ITES industry & Data Centre market in Bhutan. We are privileged to have Bharti Airtel, one of the largest telecom operators in the world as our partners in this initiative.” said, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, Minister for Information & Communications, Royal Government of Bhutan. 

    Bhutan is being positioned as a destination of choice for global organizations to set up back office and data centre operations, considering the talent pool of English speaking graduates and Government support. By connecting Bhutan ISPs directly to Bharti’s global network, users in Bhutan will experience superior quality of voice and data services. Bharti offers the widest pan India reach with an infrastructure that comprises of 104,540 Rkms of fibre, over 1,500 MPLS and SDH POPs and over 1,491 POIs with the local exchanges. 

    About Bharti Airtel Limited:Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider with operations in India and Sri Lanka and an aggregate of over 105.20 million customers as of end of June 2009, consisting of 102.37 million mobile customers. 

    Bharti Airtel Limited has been voted as India's most innovative company, in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal. Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband and telephone services in 95 cities, DTH services and has recently forayed into the IPTV services. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and 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 104,540 Rkms 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: 
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