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Bharti Airtel Limited
BSE SENSEX Constituent
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 7 July 1995[1]
Founder Sunil Bharti Mittal
Headquarters Bharti Crescent, 1, Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi, India[1]
Area served
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Africa and the Channel Islands
Key people
Sunil Bharti Mittal (Chairman and MD)
Gopal Vittal (CEO, South Asia)
Srikanth Balachandran (Global CFO)
Products Fixed line and mobile telephony, broadband and fixed-line internet services, digital television and IPTV
Revenue INR871.52 billion (US$14 billion) (2013–14)[2]
INR248.62 billion (US$3.9 billion) (2013–14)
Profit INR32.66 billion (US$510 million) (2013–14)
Total assets INR432.72 billion (US$6.8 billion) (2013–14)
Total equity INR1660.00 billion (US$26 billion) (2013–14)
Owners Bharti Enterprises (52.7%)[3][4]
SingTel (32.5%)[3][4]
Vodafone (4.4%)
Number of employees
24,720 (2013–14)[5]
Subsidiaries Airtel Africa
Airtel Sri Lanka
Airtel Bangladesh

Bharti Airtel Limited is an Indian multinational telecommunications services company headquartered in New Delhi, India. It operates in 20 countries across South Asia, Africa, and the Channel Islands. Airtel provides GSM, 3G and 4G LTE mobile services, fixed line broadband and voice services depending upon the country of operation. It is the largest cellular service provider in India, with 192.22 million subscribers as of August 2013.[6] Airtel is the largest mobile operator in South Asia and the fourth largest in the world by subscriber base.

Airtel is credited with pioneering the business strategy of outsourcing all of its business operations except marketing, sales and finance and building the 'minutes factory' model of low cost and high volumes. The strategy has since been adopted by several operators.[7] Airtel's telecom equipment is provided and maintained by Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks[8] whereas IT support is provided by IBM.[9] The transmission towers are maintained by subsidiaries and joint venture companies of Bharti including Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers in India.[10] Ericsson agreed for the first time to be paid by the minute for installation and maintenance of their equipment rather than being paid up front, which allowed Airtel to provide low call rates of INR1/minute (US$0.02/minute).[11]


In 1984, Sunil Mittal started assembling push-button phones in India,[12] which he earlier used to import from a Taiwan company, Kingtel, replacing the old fashioned, bulky rotary phones that were in use in the country then. Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) was incorporated and entered into a technical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic push button phones. By the early 1990s, Bharti was making fax machines, cordless phones and other telecom gear.[13] He named his first push-button phones as 'Mitbrau'.[14]

In 1992, he successfully bid for one of the four mobile phone network licences auctioned in India.[13] One of the conditions for the Delhi cellular license was that the bidder have some experience as a telecom operator. So, Mittal clinched a deal with the French telecom group Vivendi. He was one of the first Indian entrepreneurs to identify the mobile telecom business as a major growth area. His plans were finally approved by the Government in 1994[12] and he launched services in Delhi in 1995, when Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) was formed to offer cellular services under the brand name AirTel. Within a few years Bharti became the first telecom company to cross the 2-million mobile subscriber mark. Bharti also brought down the STD/ISD cellular rates in India under brand name 'Indiaone'.[12]

In 1999, Bharti Enterprises acquired control of JT Holdings, and extended cellular operations to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In 2000, Bharti acquired control of Skycell Communications, in Chennai. In 2001, the company acquired control of Spice Cell in Calcutta. Bharti Enterprises went public in 2002, and the company was listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India. In 2003, the cellular phone operations were rebranded under the single Airtel brand. In 2004, Bharti acquired control of Hexacom and entered Rajasthan. In 2005, Bharti extended its network to Andaman and Nicobar. This expansion allowed it to offer voice services all across India.

Airtel Centre, Gurgaon

Airtel launched "Hello Tunes", a Caller ring back tone service (CRBT), in July 2004 becoming to the first operator in India to do so. The Airtel theme song, composed by A.R. Rahman, was the most popular tune on that year.[15]

In May 2008, it emerged that Airtel was exploring the possibility of buying the MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company with coverage in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Financial Times reported that Bharti was considering offering US$45 billion for a 100% stake in MTN, which would be the largest overseas acquisition ever by an Indian firm. However, both sides emphasize the tentative nature of the talks, while The Economist magazine noted, "If anything, Bharti would be marrying up," as MTN has more subscribers, higher revenues and broader geographic coverage.[16] However, the talks fell apart as MTN group tried to reverse the negotiations by making Bharti almost a subsidiary of the new company.[17] In May 2009, Bharti Airtel again confirmed that it was in talks with MTN and the companies agreed to discuss the potential transaction exclusively by 31 July 2009. Talks eventually ended without agreement, some sources stating that this was due to opposition from the South African government.[18]

In 2009, Bharti negotiated for its strategic partner Alcatel-Lucent to manage the network infrastructure for the fixed line business. Later, Bharti Airtel awarded the three-year contract to Alcatel-Lucent for setting up an Internet Protocol access network across the country. This would help consumers access internet at faster speed and high quality internet browsing on mobile handsets.[19]

In 2009, Airtel launched its first international mobile network in Sri Lanka.[20] In June 2010, Bhartil acquired the African business of Zain Telecom for $10.7 billion making it the largest ever acquisition by an Indian telecom firm.[21] In 2012, Bharti tied up with Wal-Mart, the US retail giant, to start a number of retail stores across India.[22] In 2014, Bharti planned to acquire Loop Mobile for INR 700 crores, but the deal was called off later.[23]

Corporate Structure[edit]

Airtel has two distinct Customer Business Units (CBU) with focus on B2C (Business to Customer) and B2B (Business to Business) segments. Airtel's B2C business unit deals with servicing the retail consumers, homes and small offices providing mobile, fixed line, DTH and m-commerce services while the B2B unit deals with large corporate accounts.

Worldwide presence[edit]

Coverage map of Bharti Airtel across 20 countries

Airtel is the one of the largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscriber base and has a commercial presence in 20 countries and the Channel Islands.

Its area of operations include:

Airtel operates in the following countries:

Country Site Remarks
Bangladesh Airtel Bangladesh Airtel Bangladesh had about 8 million customers as on Sep 2013.[24]
Burkina Faso Airtel Burkina Faso Airtel Burkina Faso is the dominant player with 1,433,000 customers representing 50% market share.[25]
Chad Airtel Chad Airtel Chad is the No. 1 operator with 69% market share.[25]
Democratic Republic of the Congo Airtel DRC Airtel is the market leader with almost 5 million customers at the end of 2010.[citation needed]
Gabon Airtel Gabon Airtel Gabon has 829,000 customers and its market share stood at 61%.[26]
Ghana Airtel Ghana Airtel Ghana had about 1.76 million customers at the end of 2010.[27]
India Airtel Airtel is the market leader with almost 193.4 million customers as on 30 Sep 2013.[28]
Kenya Airtel Kenya Airtel Kenya is the second largest operator and has 4 million customers.[29]
Madagascar Airtel Madagascar Airtel is the market leader in Madagascar with 39% market share and 2.5 million customers.[25]
Malawi Airtel Malawi Airtel Malawi is the market leader with a market share of 72%.[25]
Niger Airtel Niger Airtel Niger is the market leader with a 68% market share.[25]
Nigeria Airtel Nigeria
Republic of the Congo Airtel Congo B Airtel Congo is the market leader with a 55% market share.[25]
Rwanda Airtel Rwanda Airtel launched services in Rwanda on 30 March 2012.[30]
Seychelles Airtel Seychelles Airtel is the leading comprehensive telecommunications services providers with over 55% market share of mobile market in Seychelles.[31]
Sierra Leone Airtel Sierra Leone
Sri Lanka Airtel Sri Lanka Airtel Sri Lanka commenced operations on 12 January 2009. It had about 1.8 million mobile customers at the end of 2010.[27]
Tanzania Airtel Tanzania Airtel Tanzania is the market leader with a 38% market share.[25]
Uganda Airtel Uganda Airtel Uganda stands as the No. 2 operator with a market share of 38%.[25]
Zambia Airtel Zambia Airtel Zambia is the market leader with 69% market share.[citation needed]
Channel Islands : Jersey
Airtel Jersey and Guernsey Airtel operates in the Channel Islands under the brand name Airtel–Vodafone through an agreement with Vodafone.

Jersey and Guernsey are British Crown Dependencies. They are not independent countries. Therefore, Airtel's countries of operation is considered to be 20.


Airtel Broadband Blocking TPB

Under the Telemedia segment, Airtel provides broadband internet access through DSL, internet leased lines as well as MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) solutions, as well as IPTV and fixed line telephone services. Until 18 September 2004, Bharti provided fixed line telephony and broadband services under the Touchtel brand. Bharti now provides all telecom services including fixed line services under a common brand airtel. As of September 2012, Airtel provides Telemedia services to 3.3 million customers in 87 cities.[32] As on 30 November 2012, Airtel had 1.39 million broadband subscribers.[33]

Airtel Broadband provides broadband and IPTV services. Airtel provides both capped as well as unlimited download plans. However, Airtel's unlimited plans are subject to free usage policy (FUP), which reduces speed after the customer crosses a certain data usage limit. In some plans, Airtel provides only 256kbit/s beyond FUP, which is lower than the TRAI specified limit of half the subscriber's original speed.[34][35] The maximum speed available for home users is 16Mbit/s.

In May 2012, Airtel Broadband and some other Indian ISPs temporarily blocked file sharing websites such as, etc. with out giving any legal information to the customers.[36]

Digital television[edit]

Main article: Airtel digital TV

The Digital TV business provides Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV services across India under the brand name Airtel digital TV. It started services on 9 October 2008 and had about 7.9 million customers at the end of December 2012.[37]


The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long-distance services to telcos through its nationwide fibre optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing stations. It has two sections under it.

Mobile data service[edit]

The different services under mobile data are BlackBerry services, a web-enabled mobile email solution working on 'Push Technology', USB modem that helps in getting instant access to Internet and corporate applications, Airtel Data Card that gives the liberty to access the internet anytime, Easy Mail is a platform that provides access to personal/corporate e-mails independent of handset operating system and application services that shorten the queues at the billing section, off-load the pressure on the billing staff and bring convenience to the user.

Enterprise business solutions[edit]

There are two kind of solutions offered by Airtel. One is GPRS Based Solutions like mobile applications tools for enterprise, TrackMate, automatic meter reading solutions etc. and the other is SMS Based Solutions like interactive sms, bulk sms, inbound call center solutions.

Android-based tablet[edit]

Beetel Teletech Ltd., a unit of Bharti Enterprises Ltd., on 18 August launched a INR9,999 ($220) 7-inch tablet in India based on Google Inc.'s Android operating system. The offering is intended to capitalise on the expected demand for cheap computing devices in the world's fastest-growing and second-largest mobile phone market.[38]

Domestic operations[edit]

Main article: Airtel India

Airtel is the largest provider of mobile telephony and second largest provider of fixed telephony in India, and is also a provider of broadband and subscription television services. It offers its telecom services under the "airtel" brand, and is headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal.

International operations[edit]


Main article: Airtel Africa

Airtel Africa is a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Airtel, that operates in 17 countries across Africa. It operates a GSM network in all countries, providing 2G or 3G depending upon the country of operation.

In March 2010, Bharti purchased mobile operations in 15 African countries from Zain, a Kuwaiti operator.[39]

On 11 August 2010, Bharti Airtel announced that it would acquire Telecom Seychelles for US$62 million.[40]


Main article: Airtel Bangladesh

Airtel Bangladesh Ltd. is a GSM-based cellular operator in Bangladesh. Airtel is the sixth mobile phone carrier to enter the Bangladesh market, and originally launched commercial operations under the brand name "Warid Telecom" on 10 May 2007. Warid Telecom International LLC, an Abu Dhabi–based consortium, sold a majority 70% stake in the company to India's Bharti Airtel Limited for US$300 million.[41]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Main article: Airtel (Sri Lanka)

Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited. Bharti Airtel has been featured in Forbes Asia's Fab 50 list, rated amongst the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007, and voted as India's most innovative company in a survey by The Wall Street Journal[citation needed]

Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services on 13 January 2009. Granted a licence in 2007 in accordance with the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No. 25 of 1991, it is also a registered company under the Board of Investment Sri Lanka. Under the license, the company provides digital mobile services to Sri Lanka. This is inclusive of voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM-based services. All of these services are provided under the airtel brand.

Channel Islands: Jersey and Guernsey[edit]

Main article: Airtel-Vodafone

On 1 May 2007, Jersey Airtel and Guernsey Airtel, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bharti Group, announced they would launch mobile services in the British Crown Dependency islands of Jersey and Guernsey[42][43] under the brand name Airtel-Vodafone after signing an agreement with Vodafone. Airtel-Vodafone operates a 3G network in Jersey and Guernsey.

Subscriber Base[edit]

Bharti Airtel has about 243.336 million subscribers worldwide—232.95 million in India and South Asia and 50.949 million in Africa as of the end of December 2011. The numbers include mobile services subscribers in 19 countries and Indian Telemedia services and Digital services subscribers.[14]

One Network[edit]

One Network is a mobile phone network that allows Airtel customers to use the service in a number of countries at the same price as their home network. Customers can place outgoing calls at the same rate as their local network, and incoming calls are free.[44] As of 2014, the service is available in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.[45]

Acquisitions and mergers[edit]

MTN Group merger negotiations[edit]

In May 2008, it emerged that Airtel was exploring the possibility of buying the MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company with operations in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Financial Times reported that Bharti was considering offering US$45 billion for a 100% stake in MTN, which would be the largest overseas acquisition ever by an Indian firm. However, both sides emphasised the tentative nature of the talks. The Economist magazine noted, "If anything, Bharti would be marrying up", as MTN had more subscribers, higher revenues and broader geographic coverage.[46] However, the talks fell apart as MTN Group tried to reverse the negotiations by making Bharti almost a subsidiary of the new company.[47]

In May 2009, Airtel confirmed that it was again in talks with MTN and both companies agreed to discuss the potential transaction exclusively by 31 July 2009.[48] Airtel said in a statement "Bharti Airtel Ltd is pleased to announce that it has renewed its effort for a significant partnership with MTN Group".[49] The exclusivity period was extended twice up to 30 September 2009. Talks eventually ended without agreement.[50]

A solution was proposed where the new company would be listed on 2 stock exchanges, one in South Africa and one in India. However, dual-listing of companies is not permitted by Indian law.[51]


In March 2010, Bharti struck a deal to buy Zain's mobile operations in 15 African countries, in India's second biggest overseas acquisition after Tata Steel's $13 billion buy of Corus in 2007. Bharti Airtel completed its $10.7 billion acquisition of African operations from Kuwaiti firm, making the Airtel the world's fifth largest wireless carrier by subscriber base. Airtel has reported that its revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 grew by 53% to US$3.2 billion compared to the previous year, newly acquired Zain Africa division contributed US$911 million to the total. However, net profits dropped by 41% from US$470 million in 2009 to US$291 million 2010 due to a US$188 million increase in radio spectrum charges in India and an increase of US$106 million in debt interest.[citation needed]

Telecom Seychelles[edit]

On 11 August 2010, Bharti Airtel announced that it would acquire 100% stake in Telecom Seychelles for US$62 million taking its global presence to 19 countries. Telecom Seychelles began operations in 1998 and operates 3G, Fixed Line, ship to shore services satellite telephony, among value added services like VSAT and Gateways for International Traffic across the Seychelles under the Airtel brand. The company has over 57% share of the mobile market of Seychelles.[40] Airtel announced plans to invest US$10 million in its fixed and mobile telecoms network in the Seychelles over three years, whilst also participating in the Seychelles East Africa submarine cable (SEAS) project. The US$34 million SEAS project is aimed at improving the Seychelles' global connectivity by building a 2,000 km undersea high-speed link to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.[52]

Wireless Business Services Private Limited[edit]

On 24 May 2012, Airtel announced an agreement to acquire a 49% stake in Wireless Business Services Private Limited (WBSPL) at an investment of INR907 crore (US$165 million).[53] WBSPL was a joint venture founded by Qualcomm, and held BWA spectrum in the telecom circles of Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Mumbai.[54] Qualcomm had spent US$1 billion to acquire BWA spectrum in those 4 circles.[55] The deal gave Airtel a 4G presence in 18 circles.[53] On 4 July 2013, Airtel announced that it had acquired an additional 2% equity share capital (making its stake 51%)[56] in all the four BWA entities of Qualcomm, thereby making them its subsidiaries.[57] On 18 October 2013, Airtel announced that it had acquired 100 percent equity shares of WBSPL for an undisclosed sum,[58][59] making it a wholly owned subsidiary.[60][61]

Joint ventures and Agreements[edit]


Main article: Airtel-Vodafone

On 1 May 2007, Jersey Airtel and Guernsey Airtel, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bharti Group, announced they would launch mobile services in the British Crown Dependency islands of Jersey and Guernsey[42][43] under the brand name Airtel-Vodafone after signing an agreement with Vodafone. Airtel-Vodafone operates a 3G network in Jersey and Guernsey.


AIn July 2011, Bharti signed a five-year agreement with Ericsson, who will manage and optimize Airtel's mobile networks in Africa. Ericsson will modernize and upgrade Airtel's mobile networks in Africa with the latest technology including its multi standard RBS 6000 base station. As part of the modernization, Ericsson will also provide technology consulting, network planning & design and network deployment. Ericsson has been the managed services and network technology partner in the Asian operations.[62]


Logo used by Airtel till November 2010

On 18 November 2010, Airtel rebranded itself in India in the first phase of a global rebranding strategy. The company unveiled a new logo with 'airtel' written in lower case. Designed by London-based brand agency, The Brand Union, the new logo is the letter 'a' in lowercase, with 'airtel' written in lowercase under the logo.[63] On 23 November 2010, Airtel's Africa operations were rebranded to 'airtel'. Sri Lanka followed on 28 November 2010 and on 20 December 2010, Warid Telecom rebranded to 'airtel' in Bangladesh.


On 9 May 2009 Airtel signed a major deal with Manchester United. As a result of the deal, Airtel gets the rights to broadcast the matches played by the team to its customers.

Bharti Airtel signed a five-year deal with ESPN Star Sports to become the title sponsor of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament. But now the deal is terminated and Karbonn Mobiles is sponsoring Champions League Twenty20 cricket.[64]

Airtel, also signed a deal to be title sponsor the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix during the 2011 season.[65]

Airtel, signed a deal to be title sponsor the I-League for 2013–14 I-League.[66]

Signature tune[edit]

The signature tune of Airtel is composed by Indian musician A. R. Rahman. The tune became hugely popular and is the world's most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads. A. R. Rahman along with Anu Malik has re-used the same tune in Kannada movie titled Love.[67] A new version of the song was released on 18 November 2010, as part of the rebranding of the company.[67][68] This version too was composed by Rahman himself.[68]

Green initiative[edit]

GreenTowers P7 program

Bharti Infratel is the only telecom tower company, which has installed almost 3 MWT of solar capacity on their network, generating more than 5 million units of electricity every year. The Green Towers P7 program is scoped for 22,000 tower sites (primarily rural areas having low or no Grid Power availability) out of which 5,500 sites have already been implemented in the first year as a part of this 3-year program.[69][70][71] Once completed, the initiative will reduce diesel consumption by 66 million litres per year with a significant carbon dioxide reduction of around 150,000 MT per year. Bharti Infratel received the 2011 'Green Mobile Award ' at the GSMA Mobile World Congress at Barcelona and was also awarded the 2010 innovative infrastructure company of the year award at the CNBC Infrastructure Awards for this groundbreaking initiative. Bharti remains the first company in the world to introduce the practice of sharing of passive infrastructure by collaborating with their competition to share mobile towers and to reduce the collective carbon footprint of the industry. This has become a subject of case studies in institutions including the Harvard Business School.[citation needed]

Energy Conservation

The company has installed solar hot water generator at its main campus in Gurgaon for fulfilling the hot water requirement in the cafeteria. Majority of its facilities across NCR region are now equipped with LES (Lighting Energy Savers) which have reduced energy consumption in the lighting system to the tune of 10–25%. Variable Frequency Drives installed in AHU (Air Handling Unit) at its campus have helped in enhancing the efficiency of cooling system by 10%. These measures have resulted in a total saving of 850,000 units of electricity per year.

Airtel has embarked upon technology related initiatives like virtualisation of servers that has helped it release over 500 CPUs. Also the drive of sending e-bills to the post-paid customers is helping save 12,840 trees annually. Within its campus the 'Secure Print Solution' – an automated queue management–based secured printing solution has led to an annualised saving of about 8 metric tonnes of paper.

  • Alternative energy sources such as solar energy used at 1050 sites saving 6.9 mn litres of diesel and approximately INR280 million.[70]
  • Energy efficiency measures such as Integrated Power Management Systems and variable speed DC generators have resulted in reduction in the rate of diesel consumption by 1.2 million litres, leading to savings of INR47 million across 900 sites.[70]
  • Demand side management like Free cooling Units (FCU) instead of air conditioners has been implemented across 3400+ sites, saving consumption of 4.1 million litres of diesel.[70]


The chronology of events since Bharti Tele-Ventures was incorporated in 1995:[72]


  • Bharti Cellular launched cellular services as "AirTel" in Delhi.


  • On 19 October 2004, Airtel announced the launch of a BlackBerry Wireless Solution in India. The launch is a result of a tie-up between Bharti Tele-Ventures Limited and Research in Motion (RIM).


  • On 18 May 2010, Airtel won 3G spectrum in 13 circles: Delhi, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir for INR122.95 billion.[73]
  • Bharti Airtel wins broadband spectrum in four circles: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Kolkata for INR33.14 billion.[74]
  • On 18 November 2010, Bharti Airtel announced a re-branding campaign wherein, they would be referred as airtel, with a new logo.
  • On 20 December 2010, Airtel launched its new identity for Bangladesh subscribers.[75]
  • On 23 December 2010, Airtel opened its first underground terrestrial fibre optic cable built in alliance with China Telecom.[76]


  • On 24 January 2011, Airtel announced the launch of its 3G services in India.[77]
  • On 31 January 2011, Airtel launched wallet service – Airtel Money in the millennium city of Gurgaon.[78]
  • On 18 February 2011, Airtel Digital TV brings cricket world cup in High Definition.[79]
  • On 14 March 2011, Bharti Airtel announced the launch of 'Airtel Broadband TV'.[80]
  • On 11 April 2011, Bharti Airtel and Apple bring the iPhone 4 to India.[81]
  • On 18 April 2011, Bharti Airtel enters into a partnership with photo service[82]
  • On 17 May 2011, Airtel launches the world’s first USSD-based Facebook access service in India – Facebook by Fonetwish.[83]
  • On 2 June 2011, Bharti Airtel offers on-demand online movie viewing services – launches 'Airtel Movies'[84]
  • On 16 June 2011, Airtel digital TV launches iKisaan – the world's first interactive service in Hindi.[85]
  • On 27 June 2011, Airtel 3G launches international video calling services.[86]
  • On 7 July 2011, Bharti Airtel announces new organisation structure for its India and South Asia operations.[87]
  • On 18 July 2011, Airtel digital TV adds 41 new channels.[88]
  • On 25 July 2011, Bharti Airtel Launches Facebook For Every Phone.[89]
  • On 16 August 2011, Wide availability of Airtel Service Centers in Rajasthan creates easy touch points for customer service.[90]
  • On 19 September 2011, Bharti Airtel announces GO! GO! GOAL Contest 2011.[91]
  • On 22 September 2011, Airtel digital TV brings the TV series "Johnny Test" to India.[92]
  • On 26 September 2011, Airtel Youth Star kicks off 'Friends Dance Carnival' in Andhra Pradesh.[93]
  • On 28 October 2011, 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India Winner's Trophy Revealed.[94]
  • On 1 November 2011, Airtel digital TV now has 11 True HD channels, Expands total channel count to 262.[95]
  • On 11 November 2011, Bharti Airtel named amongst the top 25 companies for leaders globally.[96]
  • On 25 November 2011, Mr. Sharlin Thayil, CEO – Bharti Airtel, AP launches iPhone 4S in Hyderabad.
  • On 1 December 2011, Airtel introduces India's first free mobile access to Twitter.[97]
  • On 12 December 2011, Bharti Airtel recognised for the delivery of best network services with customer focus at Telecom Centre of Excellence Awards.[98]
  • On 21 December 2011, Airtel launches exciting recharge offers for mobile customers in Rajasthan.[99]


  • On 11 January 2012, Airtel launched Comedy FM on Airtel Mobile.[100]
  • On 12 January 2012, Airtel launches all new "BBM Plan" for its postpaid mobile customers on BlackBerry.[101]
  • On 23 January 2012, Airtel prepaid mobile recharge made easier with netbanking at
  • On 30 January 2012, Airtel digital TV launches iKidsworld.[102]
  • On 2 February 2012, Airtel launched Vh1 Radio GAGA powered by Hungama on Airtel Mobile.[103]
  • On 3 February 2012, India's largest collection of Hello Tunes is now available online for Airtel mobile customers.[104]
  • On 4 February 2012, Bharti Airtel announces consolidated IFRS results for the third quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2011.[105]
  • On 10 February 2012, Bharti Airtel launched 3 Pack Education Portal for its mobile customers across India.[106]
  • On 27 February 2012, Bharti Airtel selects Infosys as its technology partner for airtel money.[107]
  • On 29 February 2012, Bharti Airtel appoints Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, manage 4G network in Maharashtra.[108]
  • On 27 May 2012, Bharti Airtel announced its strategic foray into the mobile advertising (m-Advertising) segment, in India.[109]
  • In 2012, Bharti Airtel signed a pact with Opera Software, to provide its customers with Opera Mini browsers.[110]
  • On 24 October 2012, Bharti Airtel's mobile user base in Africa crosses 60 million.[111]


  • On 4 February 2013, Bharti Airtel launches its emergency alert service in eastern region[112] In 2013 the department of telecommunications (DoT) was investigating Bharti Airtel for violations of a license agreement the company violated between 2003 and 2005.[113]

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