Bharti Airtel withdraws ‘95’ dialing on its fixed line service New Delhi, March 9, 2009: Bharti Airtel Limited, Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider, today announced the withdrawal of ‘95’ dialing for long distance calling on its fixed line service as per the directive from Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India. This withdrawal will come into effect from midnight of March 9, 2009.
Airtel’s fixed line customers will now be able to call these telephone numbers (earlier accessed through 95) by activating the STD facility and dialing the city STD code prefixed with 0. For example – to call Delhi, customers in Gurgaon will need to dial 011 instead of 9511. Airtel is also providing its customers the convenience of not activating their STD facility but continuing to access the cities which are within 500 kms of a telecom circle and less than 50 kms of the adjoining SDCA. They will need to dial the city STD code prefixed with 0. To access numbers outside of this perimeter, the customer will have to activate his STD facility by calling 121 from his Airtel fixed lined number. The customer will continue to be billed for all calls as per the prevailing tariff.
The Airtel broadband and telephone network currently caters to over 2.6 million customers across 95 cities in India and is the country’s largest private broadband and telephone service provider.
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 with an aggregate of over 91 million customers as of end of January 2009, consisting of 88.38 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 90,205 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/