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Sunil Bharti Mittal Inducted To The Global GSM Association Board

Becomes the first member from India to be inducted in the Board

New Delhi, January 18, 2005 : The GSM Association, the global trade association representing the GSM industry, having more than 670 mobile operators including 3G serving more than 1.2 billion customers worldwide, today announced its Board members for the term 2005-06. Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Tele-Ventures Limited has become the first member from India to be inducted on the prestigious board.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Group Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises said, “The induction of India’s first member on the GSM board recognizes the increasing influence of India in the world mobile community. This role will enable me to closely work with leading lights of the mobile industry drawn from across the world. I am confident that this would ensure that India’s need for affordable services and deeper penetration gets the attention of the existing GSM fraternity around the world.”

Those elected to serve for a two-year term from January 1, 2005 include Craig Ehrlich from Hutchison Mobile, Mauro Sentinelli from TIM, Lu Xiangdong from China Mobile, Lu Jianguo from China Unicom, Jordan Roderick from Cingular Wireless, Takanori Untano from NTT DoCoMo, Frank Boulben from Orange SA, Frank Esser from SFR, Matthias Schröter from T-Mobile, Alan Harper from Vodafone.

About GSM Association:
The GSMA’s 23 Board Members include 21 operator representatives, the Chair of the Executive Management Committee – the body that manages the Association’s ongoing activities in the area of products and services - and the CEO. Each of the twelve largest operator groups within the Association’s membership is entitled to nominate one board member. Nine other operator members are nominated to reflect the needs of small, independent operators and to ensure global representation.

About Bharti Tele-Ventures : Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India’s leading private sector provider of Tele-communications services with an aggregate of 10.63 million customers as of end of December ‘04, consisting of approximately 9.83 million mobile customers (COAI fig). The company today offers mobile services in 21 out of 23 circles in India. The company also provides fixed - line services and Internet access over DSL in 5 circles. The company complements its mobile and fixed-line services with national and international long distance services. The company also has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. The company provides reliable end-to-end data and enterprise services to the corporate customers by leveraging its nationwide fiber optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing station. For more information, visit