- Bharti Enterprises founded by Sunil Bharti Mittal.
- Starts as a small scale manufacturing unit for bicycle components. Diversifies into production of yarn, stainless steel sheets for surgical utensils.
- Bharti Overseas Trading Corporation set up. Bharti imports and markets stainless steel products, brass and plastic products, and zip fastners etc.
- Bharti ties up with Suzuki, Japan to import and distribute portable gensets. By 1984 Bharti is the largest importer of portable gensets in India.
- Bharti makes it entry into the telecom sector with Bharti Telecom. Enters into a technical tie-up with Siemens AG of Germany and becomes the first company in India to manufacture electronic push button telephones in Gurgaon.
- Bharti Telecom’s Ludhiana factory commences operations for manufacturing push button phones.
- Bharti also makes an entry into India’s pharma sector with Bharti Healthcare, which manufactures empty hard gelatin capsules.
- Bharti ties-up with Takacom Corporation, Japan to become the first company in India to manufacture telephone answering machines.
- Bharti ties-up with Lucky Gold Star, South Korea to become the first company in India to manufacture cordless telephones.
- Bharti Telecom’s products reach international markets. Company signs OEM contract with Sprint, USA for manufacture and export of telephone sets.
- Bharti Cellular Ltd. is born. Bharti forms a consortium with SFR-France, Emtel-Mauritius and MSI-UK, to bid for mobile service provider licenses in Indian metros.
- Bharti Telecom’s Gurgaon factory becomes the first manufacturer of push button phones to be awarded ISO 9002 accreditation.
- Bharti provides technical assistance to Uganda for manufacture of push button phones.
- Bharti wins GSM mobile service provider licence for Delhi NCR.
- Bharti Telecom’s Ludhiana factory gets ISO 9002 accreditation.
- Bharti launches Delhi’s first GSM mobile services under the Airtel brand.
- Forms consortium with Telecom Italia to bid for cellular and fixed-line services under Bharti Telenet.
- Bharti joins forces with Siemens to market telephone terminals under SIEMENS and BEETEL brand names.
- Bharti Tele-Ventures is incorporated.
- Airtel launched mobile services in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the first by any private telco.
- Telecom Italia acquires 20% equity interest in Bharti Tele-Ventures.
- Bharti Telenet bids for fixed line licence in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
- Bharti forays into manufacture of HDPE Silicore ducts. Forms a joint venture with Dura-Line Corp, USA.
- British Telecom acquires equity interest in Bharti Cellular.
- Airtel becomes the first mobile service provider in the country to cross the 100,000 customers mark.
- Bharti gets licence to provide comprehensive telecom services in Seychelles.
- Bharti wins fixed-line service provider licence for Madhya Pradesh. Becomes the first private company in India to win a fixed-line licence.
- Bharti Telecom and British Telecom form joint venture - Bharti BT Ltd. – for offering VSAT services.
- Bharti-Duraline commences operations. Becomes the first company in India to manufacture HDPE Silicore Ducts.
- Bharti Telecom emerges as the largest manufacturer of telephones in India with a capacity of 200,000 units.
- Bharti becomes the first Indian company to offer telecom services in international markets. Launches mobile services in Seychelles.
- Bharti launches India’s first private fixed line service in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
- British Telecom consolidates its equity interest in Bharti Cellular to 44%.
- Bharti BT Internet, a joint venture of Bharti Telecom and British Telecom, formed for providing ISP services.
- Bharti commissions India’s first private sector transmission network between Bhopal and Indore.
- Warburg Pincus, a leading international private equity investor, picks up stake in Bharti Tele-Ventures.
- Bharti acquires a controlling stake in JT Mobiles, established footprint in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
- Bharti BT Internet launches ISP services in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore under the ‘Mantra online’ brand.
- Airtel launches fixed line services in Raipur and Jabalpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
- Bharti and Singtel, Asia’s leading telco, form strategic partnership. Singtel invests $ 400 million in Bharti.
- New York Life International acquires a 3% equity interest in Bharti Cellular.
- Bharti acquires majority stake in SkyCell, establishes presence in the Chennai circle.
- Bharti and Singtel announce a $650 million partnership for undersea optic fibre cable between India and Singapore.
- Bharti and Singtel form Bharti Telesonic to operate and manage National Long Distance operations.
- Mantra Online launches India’s first International Satellite Gateway.
- Bharti wins mobile service provider licences in 8 circles and fixed-line service provider licences in 4 circles. Bharti’s mobile service provider licence in Punjab is restored.
- Bharti acquires Spice Cell and enters theKolkata circle.
- Bharti Telesonic launches National Long Distance services under the ‘IndiaOne’ brand.
- Bharti launched “Touch Tel” its fixed line service brand, launches fixed line services in Haryana.
- Forms joint venture with SingTel for a submarine cable landing station between India and Singapore.
- SingTel, Warburg Pincus, AIF, IFC, NYLIFand Seejay Cellular make equity investments of approximately US$ 481.30million in Bharti Tele-Ventures and through Bharti Telecom.
- Bharti acquires British Telecom’s equity interests in Bharti Cellular, Bharti BT and Bharti BT Internet.
- Bharti acquires three additional ISP licenses.
- Bharti Telesonic enters into a license agreement with DoT to provide national long distance services across India.
- Bharti goes public, completes India’s first 100% book building issue and gets listed on the National stock Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange and the Delhi Stock Exchange on February 18, 2002.
- Bharti launches mobile services in Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh circle, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West).
- Bharti enters into a license agreement with the DoT to provide International Long Distance services in India. Becomes India’s first private telecommunications services provider to launch International Long Distance services.
- Bharti launched fixed-line services in the Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
- Bharti enters the business outsourcing segment. Forms Teletech Services Ltd in partnership with Teletech Holdings (USA).
- Airtel becomes India’s largest GPRS network.
- Bharti, in a first in the telecom industry, signs a 10 year comprehensive IT outsourcing deal with IBM.
- Bharti heralds a new paradigm in telecom, outsources mobile network to Ericsson and Nokia in mutli-million dollar managed networks deals.
- Bharti clocks revenues in excess of a billion dollars annually. Registers profits in excess of $150 million.
- Bharti & Rothschild form a 50:50 JV – FieldFresh- for linking India’s farms to the world.
- Bharti launches mobile services in Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Orissa.
- Airtel exclusively brings globally acclaimed Blackberry to India.
- Bharti becomes India’s first mobile service provider to complete a national footprint in all 23 telecom circles.
- Vodafone picks up 10% equity interest in Bharti for $1.5 billion, making it the single largest foreign investment in the country.
- Bharti continues to build on its successful business model based on outsourcing. Enters into agreement with four global BPOs - Hinduja TMT, IBM-Daksh, Mphasis & Teletech Services - and Nortel to provide world-class customer care services.
- Bharti marks its foray into financial services. Forms joint venture with Axa of France to offer life insurance products.
- Bharti and IBM announce a Joint Go to Market program to offer managed services in India.
- WestBridge Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital and Cisco Systems pick up 10% stake in Bharti Telesoft.
- Bharti and Wal-Mart sign Memorandum of Understanding to jointly explore Retail opportunities in India.
- Bharti becomes the first Indian telecom operator to launch 3G services, starts 3G operations in Seychelles.
- Bharti wins mobile service provider licence in Jersey and Guernsey, Channel Islands, Europe.
- Bharti Axa Life Insurance launches national operations.
- Bharti and its Associates commit a corpus of Rs 200 crores to Bharti Foundation to provide education to underprivileged children in villages across India.
- Bharti Televentures rechristened as Bharti Airtel.
- Bharti becomes the fastest private telecom company in the world to cross the 50 million mark. Enters the league of top 5 mobile companies in the world.
- Bharti launches Mobile Money Transfer pilot project in India in partnership with GSMA.
- Bharti outlines strategic roadmap for its Retail venture. Commits investment of up to US $ 2 to 2.5 billion by 2015.
- Bharti and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. form a joint venture Bharti Wal-Mart Private Limited, for wholesale cash-and-carry and back-end supply chain management operations in India.
- Bharti brings in Del Monte as a strategic partner in FieldFresh to enhance focus in the processed food segment.
- Bharti makes its European debut. Launches mobile services in Jersey, Channel Islands.
- Bharti Teletech manufactures its 20 millionth telephone.
- Bharti received licence to offer Direct to Home (DTH) Satellite TV services in India.
- Jersey Airtel launches services, brings a range Of innovative products and services to customers in Jersey under Airtel-Vodafone brand.
- Sunil Bharti Mittal chosen for Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours.
- Bharti and Axa form joint ventures to launch General Insurance and Asset Management services in India.
- Bharti wins licence to offer mobile services in Sri Lanka.
- Bharti Telesoft acquires Jatayu Software.
- Bharti launches its first set of retail stores in Ludhiana under the ‘easy day’ brand.
- Bharti crosses 60 million telecom customers landmark.
- Bharti launches services in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
- Bharti joins hands with Idea and Vodafone to form Indus Towers – an independent tower infrastructure company.
- Eight leading international leading PE funds pick up stake worth $1.25 billion in Bharti Infratel – Bharti’s tower infrastructure company.
- Bharti Airtel launches its services in Sri Lanka (2G/3G network).
- Bharti Foundation sets up Bharti Centre for Communication in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
- Bharti Airtel and Alcatel-Lucent form JV to manage Bharti Airtel’s pan-India Broadband and Telephone services.
- Bharti Walmart launches first Cash & Carry Store under Best Price Modern Wholesale brand.
- Bharti Telesoft renamed ‘Comviva.’
- Bharti Airtel launches iPTV service; Digital TV interactive.
- Bharti Airtel crosses the 100 million telecom customers mark.
- Bharti Airtel unveils new youthful and dynamic global identity – ‘airtel’
- Bharti Airtel acquires 70% stake in Warid Telecom, Bangladesh.
- Bharti Airtel acquires the mobile operations of Zain in 15 African countries. Becomes the fifth largest mobile operator in the world.
- Airtel launches 3G launch services in Bangalore
- Airtel launches mobile services in Rwanda
- Airtel crosses 50 million customers mark in Africa
- Bharti Airtel becomes the fourth largest mobile operator in the world
- Bharti Airtel crosses 200 million customer (mobile, fixed line & DTH) milestone in India
- Bharti and Qualcomm announce partnership for 4G
- Airtel launches India’s first 4G service in Kolkata
- Bharti Airtel hives of Data Centre and Managed Services (DCMS) business to create a wholly-owned subsidiary Nxtra Data Limited
- Airtel acquires Warid’s Uganda Operations
- Bharti Airtel announces long-term strategic investment from Qatar Foundation Endowment
- Airtel acquires Warid’s Congo Brazzaville Operations
- Airtel crosses 200 million mobile customer mark in India
- Airtel launches its first 4G service in Africa
- Airtel Seychelles amongst Africa’s first state-of-the-art FD-LTE networks to deliver best-in-class wireless broadband experience
Mobile towers are the lifeline of any cellular network. A smooth network depends on uninterrupted and adequate supply of power. In many parts of India, power supply is erratic. Most towers have a diesel generator backup. The telecom industry, with over 3,80,000 towers, is the largest consumer of diesel today.
Bharti Infratel, one of India’s top tower companies, has taken a pioneering step towards replacing diesel generators with solar energy, reducing Co2 emissions by 2.5 tonnes per tower every year.