‘The Caged Tiger’ as The Economist once described the Indian economy, has unshackled and unfettered itself largely with the help of the country's telecom sector. The recognition for India within the global community as an emerging economic superpower is indisputably the result of the dramatically rapid growth that India has demonstrated in this vital sector. On the back of this is riding information technology – the infrastructural turbojet – without which industry and trade cannot hope to soar to new heights in today's world. The Indian telecom market is the third largest after China and the US (Source: industry estimates). Mobile phones today exceed the number of fixed line phones in the country. From the days of two million mobile phones in the entire country to an era of over nine million new phones being added every month – the transformation is staggering. Bharti Tele-Ventures has led this telecom revolution from the front, occupying an enviable leadership position in the market. Its cutting edge, future-proof technology, simple innovations, path-breaking business partnerships and world-class products and services epitomise Bharti's quest for excellence. The company had once seen state monopolies and endless regulations as a formidable struggle. At that time few could have predicted the telecom revolution that is now sweeping India. The onset of liberalisation and the opening up of the telecom sector to private
players in the 1990s created a paradigm shift in the way people communicate. Bharti is now India's leading private sector provider of telecom services with more than sixty million customers and services in all twenty three circles in India (Source: Cellular Operators Association of India). Its market share is more than 24% in the GSM mobile industry – placing it amongst the top ten companies in the country in terms of market capitalisation (Source: BSE Sensex). Today, Bharti is India's largest telecom service enterprise in the private sector with a market cap of over Rs.160,000 crore (US$ 40 billion) and a motivated team of more than 12,000 people. Telecom in India was considered a service for the rich as late as the early 1990s. Bharti started the telecom revolution in India by challenging the established public sector incumbent with the launch of several services at much lower price points. Notable market interventions were in the area of national and international long distance, where the tariffs were brought down by nearly 90% making telephony available to the masses in the country. Bharti has also taken the lead in providing services in rural areas and in difficult states like the remote Himalayan hamlets of Himachal Pradesh, the hinterland towns of Madhya Pradesh and a predominantly rural state like Bihar. Bharti's belief that people and partnerships make the real difference is characterised by its relationships with leading edge global partners. Over the years, the company's global collaborators have
been nothing short of stellar – Singapore Telecom, E.M. Warburg Pincus, British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Siemens, Vivendi, New York Life and IFC.
In a category where taking the lead provides a company with the first mover advantage, Bharti has many firsts to its credit. It was the first company to break the fixed line and long distance monopolies in India. Following shortly on this success, Bharti also became the first company to offer comprehensive telecom services overseas. But being first was not enough. Bharti was also determined to prove its status of being a fine company with an impeccable record and outstanding leadership. The accolades came swiftly. In 2004, Bharti was adjudged as India's Second Best Employer by Hewitt Associates. Asia Money declared it India's Best Managed Company in the same year. Forbes featured it in their 400 list of the Best Big Companies. The Economic Times awarded it The Emerging Company of the Year status. Crisil awarded it the highest GVC Level 1 rating for being in the forefront of Best Practices in Corporate Governance. Business Week featured Bharti in the list of Global 1000 Companies. Business World conferred upon it the title of the Most Respected Telecom Company in India. In 2005, Telecom Asia gave Bharti the best GSM Carrier in Asia and the best Indian Carrier Awards. For four consecutive years, the Techies Award for Brand Excellence, Network Quality, Customer Service and Value-Added Service has been won by Bharti. In the 2006/08 period, Bharti Airtel was awarded the Facility Based Operator License in Singapore. It was also chosen as the top telecom company for the second year in a row by NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2007. It ranked third on Shareholder Returns in the BusinessWeek IT 100 List. The company broke into the distinguished list of the world’s top ten global service providers when it crossed the 40 million mobile customer mark. Its management, too, has been recognised for its contribution to Indian business and industry. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group
for instance. solidity and scale through black Airtel is the fifth largest telecom company in the world Each day Airtel’s networks register more than 1 billion minutes or 1900 years of talk time By tomorrow 100. A strategic partnership with Microsoft presents a range of software and services that make available enterprise-class software bundled with connectivity solutions to small businesses that do not have dedicated IT resources.bhartiairtel. Amongst them are the best Asian Telecom CEO by Telecom Asia. History was in the making as the company blazed ever-new trails – building India's first profitable mobile services company. The organisation has bagged several awards
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for marketing and brand excellence. Airtel is credited with introducing some exciting innovations like Easy Charge. It has a network of over 26. can-do and on my side. broadband. The Telemedia unit will become a complete communication-cum-entertainment service provider for the Indian household. from new services and fresh products. Airtel's Telemedia unit will soon launch Direct-To-Home (DTH TV).’
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Bharti has positioned itself as a builder of partnerships in the telecom infrastructure. which connects Chennai to Singapore. He received the GSMA Chairman’s Award 2008 for leading the growth in the Indian telecom sector. Airtel has the unique distinction of chopping tariffs by 90%. and building India's most powerful telecom brand – Airtel. Through innovations and interventions.000 route kilometres of optic fibre cable in the country and also operates a submarine cable landing station at Chennai. The Airtel consumer brand has been felicitated with the prestigious World Communications Best Brand Award. Hello Tunes and Music-On-Demand. the brand now operates broadband (DSL) and telephone services (fixed line) in over 94 cities across the country. becoming the first Indian company to offer comprehensive telecom services overseas.Managing Director. establish Bharti as one of India's top five companies (in the private sector) and create one of the Indian economy's biggest success stories.
mobile services covered over 62 million customers on its network. It expects to achieve this by being the most favoured by customers. distribution and service excellence trophies over the last few years. targeted by top talent and benchmarked by more businesses. he was chosen the Business Leader of the Year by NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards. Frost & Sullivan honoured him with the CEO of the Year. It has more than 1. broadband internet and DTH Cable TV. conferred in 2005 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004. Sunil Mittal was conferred the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership award in 2007. It has. busting the 100 year-old state fixed line and long distance monopolies. In addition. in-touch. The enterprise services group is a solutionsbased communication group. Simply stated. In the long distance category.