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Sunil Bharti Mittal receives ‘The Honorary Fellowship’ from IETE

Past recipients include Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr. Homi J Bhabha, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Mr. Ratan N Tata

New Delhi, October 2, 2006 : The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) has conferred its highest honour ‘The Honorary Fellowship’ on Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Limited for his scientific vision and invaluable contribution to the progress of electronics & telecommunications.

The honour is accorded on persons of eminence who are achievers in the filed of Electronics, Telecommunication and Information Technology or have made valuable contribution in the aforesaid fields for the betterment of the society. The past recipients of ‘The Honorary Fellowship’ from IETE includes some very distinguished names - Dr. S Radhakrishnan (1955), Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru (1963), Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri (1965), Dr. Homi J Bhabha (1966), Mr. Ratan N Tata (1992), Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (1994), Prof Yash Pal (1996), Dr. RA Mashelkar (1998), Mr. Azim H Premji (2000) and Dr. FC Kohli (2003).

On the occasion Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal said, "It’s a privilege to be accorded this honour by a distinguished institution such as the IETE. I truly thank the IETE for having considered me worthy of this honour."

The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) is India's leading professional society devoted to the advancement of Science and Technology of Electronics, Telecommunication & IT. Founded in 1953, it serves more than 52,000 members through its 52 centres all over India and abroad. The Institution provides leadership in Scientific and Technical areas of direct importance to the national development and economy. Government of India has recognised IETE as a Scientific and Industrial Research organisation (SIRO) and also notified as an educational Institution of national eminence.

About Bharti Airtel :

Bharti Airtel Limited is one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 27.24 million customers as of end of August‘06, consisting of 25.65 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among 10 best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list.

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Broadband & Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T business provides broadband & telephone services in 92 cities. The Enterprise services provides 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 35,000 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