Delivering smarter
experiences globally

Telecommunication continues to be a highly exciting and transformational arena globally. More so, in the emerging parts of the world, where extensive rollout of 3G and 4G data networks, unprecedented rise in smartphone penetration and fast proliferating mobile applications are shaping a highly integrated digital society. Amid this sweeping rate of change, the consumer is the biggest beneficiary. The consumer now has the most empowering device in his or her hand to stay ahead of the curve.



Ranked telecom
operator in India


Ranked telecom
operator in Africa


Ranked mobile
operator globally*

*in terms of subscriber base



Of the world’s population connected through Airtel


Mobile subscribers across Asia (India and Sri Lanka) and Africa


Wireless data customers across Asia and Africa


Addressable population globally, considering the geographies in which Airtel has presence


Country presence across Asia and Africa


New mobile subscriptions in India in FY 2016-17



Minutes of voice traffic in 2016-17

0Bn MB

Data traffic in FY 2016-17


Total Airtel Money transaction value in 2016-17



Cumulative contribution to India’s government exchequer in the last five years


Cumulative investments till date

~ `0Bn

Spectrum investment till date

Message from Chairman

“Telecommunications continued to be an exciting arena. Rapid rollout of 4G data networks, sharply increasing smartphone penetration and fast proliferating mobile applications enabled internet to enter customers’ everyday lives in newer ways.”

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Highlights during the year

Quarter 1 April – June 2016


  • Successfully concluded the acquisition of the rights to use 2 x 5 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz Band allotted to Videocon Telecom in six circles


  • Announced a new initiative – Open Network - under Project Leap, our national network transformation initiative
  • Closed the divestment of our operations in Burkina Faso to Orange

Quarter 2 July – Sep 2016


  • Ranked first in a listing of 100 emerging market multinational companies as part of a study on corporate transparency and reporting by Transparency International
  • Closed the divestment of our operations in Sierra Leone to Orange
  • Divested 588 telecom towers in Niger to Helios Towers Africa


  • Divested telecom towers in Niger to Helios Towers Africa
  • Rolled out e-KYC solutions across India, to enable instant mobile activations

Quarter 3 Oct – Dec 2016


  • Fortified spectrum portfolio and bought 108.8Mhz spectrum in the auctions
  • Launched ‘V-Fiber’ to deliver superfast broadband to digital homes
  • Re-launched MyAirtel App - An App for Apps - section that has a collection of apps under a single interface


  • Concluded the acquisition of the rights to use 20 MHz 2300 Band BWA spectrum allotted to Aircel, in all the eight circles
  • Announced completion of the merger of subsidiary Airtel Bangladesh Limited with Robi Axiata Limited


  • Airtel Tanzania filed the draft prospectus with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange on December 30, 2016 for its initial public offering
  • Entered into a definitive agreement with Orascom to acquire Orascom’s entire equity stake in the Middle East North Africa Company Submarine Cable Systems S.A.E.

Quarter 4 Jan – Mar 2017


  • Airtel Payments Bank became the first payments bank in the country to go LIVE as it rolled out services nationally


  • Announced free incoming calls/SMS and zero additional data charges on national roaming
  • Entered into a definitive agreement with Telenor South Asia Investments Pte Ltd to acquire Telenor India


  • Airtel rated as India’s fastest mobile network by Ookla
  • Entered into a definitive agreement with Tikona to acquire 4G Business, including 100mhz spectrum in BWA 2300Mhz band and 350 sites in five telecom circles
  • Wynk Music crossed the mark of 50 Mn app installs.


  • Completed the secondary sale of over 190 Mn shares of Bharti Infratel Limited, representing a 10.3% stake, to a consortium of funds advised by KKR and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Airtel and Millicom International Cellular S.A. signed an agreement to combine their operations in Ghana through their respective subsidiaries