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    Touchtel revises long distance rates to a flat rate of Rs. 4.80 / min

    Reduction of tariffs by over 47% across segments on calls beyond 500 KMs
    No time slabs
    Rates applicable starting midnight March 7, 2003  

    New Delhi March 6, 2003: Touchtel, India's first private fixed line service provider from Bharti Telenet Ltd., today announced a reduction of more than 47% on the long distance rates across its operations in the country. The revision, applicable to all segments including corporates, individuals and PCOs would enable Touchtel subscribers to make calls at a flat rate of Rs. 4.80 per minute, round the clock, for all distances above 500 KMs. The rates announced are applicable starting midnight March 7, 2003. There is no change in the call rates within the 500 KM distance slab. Touchtel is India’s largest fixed line service provider with services in Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

    Announcing the revision in long distance rates, Mr. Badri Agarwal, President, Bharti Infotel Limited, said, “The new tariff rates takes forth Touchtel’s commitment to provide to its customers the best value for money. The revision in tariffs on long distance calls makes calling more affordable as well as brings it within the ambit of a larger number of subscribers.”

    Touchtel offers telecom solutions encompassing data (DSL), Internet, broadband and long distance services to its subscribers in Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu. Touchtel’s extensive broadband fibre optic and copper cable network enables the deployment of an innovative multi-technology, which gives unique flexibility. The Touchtel subscriber can also take advantage of high-speed data transfer through the information highway.

    Apart from the state-of-the-art infrastructure, Touchtel is the first to provide a dedicated 24-hour call centre. Going beyond voice based services, Touchtel’s bouquet of services for business includes leased lines, ISDN, VPN, Centrex services, DSL services, Internet services, IN based services and video conferencing as one of the many possibilities on its network.  

    About Bharti Tele- Ventures 
    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, 2003 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. 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.