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    AIRTEL CREATES HISTORY AGAIN

     

    Crosses the 1 million-customer mark in broadband & telephone services – Bharti is the first and only private company to have made serious investments in building fixed line telecom networks in the country

     

    • Announces further expansion of broadband & telephone services in the country - To cover 14 towns in 10 circles. Launches services in Dwarka sub city in Delhi
       
    • Announces investment of Rs. 1500 crores by the end of FY 2005-06 thereby taking Bharti’s cumulative investment on broadband & telephone services to more than Rs. 3,500 crore 
       
    • To continue to offer a wide range of last mile access solutions and customized broadband solutions – Airtel is the pioneer in introducing broadband services through ADSL and is the country’s largest broadband service provider with more than 1,70,000 customers
       
    • Thanks its customers for the historic achievement – Celebrates by launching ‘Airtel Live’, a multi access entertainment portal providing a variety of rich content, for its fixed-line customers 
       
    • Continued focus on service delivery through its Service Guarantee Offer and through its Six Sigma processes 

    New Delhi, September 2, 2005: Airtel Broadband & Telephone Services, India’s largest broadband service provider and the country’s largest private telephone service from Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd today crossed the one million-customer landmark. Bharti is the first and only private company to have made serious investments in building fixed line telecom networks in the country. The milestone is a testimony to its world-class infrastructure & service deliveries with a strong focus on quality. Airtel currently provides its broadband & telephone services in 66 cities spread in 14 circles. To celebrate the achievement, the company also announced the launch of Airtel Live – a multi access entertainment portal with the most comprehensive content in the spheres of music, sports, astrology, jokes, ringtones etc. Airtel has always taken the lead in introducing innovative value added services on fixed line phones, some of these being Hello Tunes, Voice Mail Service, Directory Assistance etc. Airtel also announced its plans to expand its services to 14 more towns in 10 circles with an investment of more than Rs. 700 crores by the end of the current fiscal. This will take Bharti’s cumulative investment in the broadband & telephone service segment to Rs. 3,500 crores.


    Bharti also outlined its strategy for the segment, which includes the proposition to offer a complete range of last mile access solutions and customized broadband solutions at low entry costs for its residential and business users. Airtel is the pioneer in introducing broadband services for fixed line customers by providing ADSL and is today the country’s largest broadband service provider with more than 1,70,000 customers. With a continued focus on service delivery through schemes like the ‘Service Guarantee’ offer and through its six-sigma processes, Airtel is committed to further enhance the user experience.


    Announcing the milestone, Mr. Rajan Bharti Mittal, Joint Managing Director, Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd., said, “Our journey to leadership in the fixed line segment started with the rollout of the country’s first private fixed line service network in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh. Since then we have come a long way and have made huge investments in setting up a pan India fixed line network. We have once again proved that a company with dreams and passion can make a difference. While I feel humbled by the faith our customers have shown in us, I also take this opportunity to thank all our partners, the government, the administration, our team and the people of India who have been with us in our quest for leadership.”


    Another first – Launches Airtel Live, a multi access entertainment destination on your telephone


    Airtel Live is an entertainment portal, the first ever by a fixed line service provider, which will offer a variety of content in the arena of music, sports, astrology, jokes, ringtones etc. Content on Airtel Live can be accessed by dialing 4646. Services on Airtel Live include:


    (a) Ringtones – Download a wide range of songs or music clips as ringtones


    (b) Dial-a-Song – Listen to and dedicate songs to friends and family


    (c) News – Latest news including general and business news


    (d) Astrology services


    (e) Jokes


    Airtel is already providing a range of value added services like Voice Mail Service, Directory Assistance, Call Completion Busy Subscriber, Delayed Hotline, Centrex and the like. The recently launched caller ring back tone service ‘Hello Tunes’ has already witnessed 2 lakh downloads.


    Airtel – Roadmap for the next million


    According to Mr. Badri Agarwal, President, Infotel Business Group, Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd, “In keeping with our strategy to offer world-class broadband and telephone services across the country, we will shortly be launching our services in most of the key cities. This expansion will also help the country to achieve the target of 20 million broadband customers and 40 million Internet customers by 2010. In addition, we will continue to offer innovative value added services and content to redefine the telephone service experience of our customers.”


    Airtel is launching its services in the sub city of Dwarka in Delhi from today. In the first week of September ’05, the services will be launched in 6 sectors of Dwarka. By October ‘05 Airtel will cover entire Dwarka sub city. Customers in Dwarka will now be able to experience world-class broadband & telephone services on a state-of-the-art telecom network backed by OFC ring architecture. This coupled with Airtel’s state-of-the-art customer care services would redefine the service experience of customers in the area. 


    In addition, Airtel will be expanding its services to 14 towns of the country adding to the existing 66 towns in 10 circles. The new towns include Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Cochin, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Pune, Agra, Meerut, Ludhiana, Jaipur and Jalandhar. With this rollout, Bharti will achieve a pan India footprint.


    Technology from world leaders


    The company has partnered with telecom majors like Siemens, ECI, Lucent and Duraline for its network. While Siemens has provided the digital switching system (Siemens EWSD) with CCS-7, a signaling protocol for faster connectivity, the billing software (Keenan Arbor) has been sourced from Lucent. The Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) equipment is sourced from ECI.


    About Bharti Tele- Ventures


    Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India’s leading private sector provider of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 13.76 million customers as of end of July ‘05, consisting of approximately 12.79 million mobile customers. The company is the only operator to provide mobile services in all the 23 circles in India. The company also provides telephone services


    and Internet access over DSL in 14 circles. The company complements its mobile, broadband & telephone services with national and international long distance services. The company also has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. The company provides reliable end-to-end data and enterprise services to the corporate customers by leveraging its nationwide fiber optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing station. For more information, visit www.bhartiteleventures.com.