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FY2008-2009

Bharti Airtel crosses the 60 million customer mark

  • ● Further consolidates leadership position in the mobile segment
  • ● Moves towards the 100 million customers landmark

New Delhi, February 13, 2008: Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s leading telecommunication services provider, today said that it has achieved the 60 million customer mark. This landmark has catapulted Bharti Airtel into the club of top mobile operators in the world in terms of subscriber base. The 60 million customer base covers mobile as well as fixed line and broadband customers.

Commenting on this major global landmark, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said, “To be amongst the top global telcos is a significant achievement not only for us but also for the Indian telecom industry. This landmark once again underlines the strength of India’s telecom story and Bharti Airtel is proud to have played a pioneering role in providing affordable telecom services to millions of people across every corner of the country.”

Added Mr. Manoj Kohli, President & CEO, Bharti Airtel, "This is a major milestone in our journey towards the 100 million customers mark and gives the company a truly global scale. Over the last few months, we have recorded phenomenal customer growth and this is a testimony to the depth and width of our network as well as our focus on providing affordable services to all. We are fully committed to taking our network deeper into rural India."

Bharti Airtel is amongst the fastest growing telecom companies in the world. The company crossed the 50 million customer mark in October 2007. The company added the next 10 million customers across mobile, fixed line and broadband in just over 4 months. The company had crossed the 10 million customer mark in January 2005 and in July 2006 it crossed the 25 million customer mark.

About Bharti Airtel Limited:

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 60 million customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & 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 67,000 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 http://www.bhartiairtel.in/