Headquartered in New Delhi, India, this leading Indian telecommunications company has its operations spread across 20 countries in Asia and Africa.
Its product offerings range from 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, fixed line broadband and voice services, DTH, mobile commerce, IPTV and enterprise services. The company operates in four strategic business units, namely, Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV.
The mobile business provides world class mobile communication services while the telemedia business offers IPTV, broadband and telephone services. The Direct-To-Home TV services are provided all over the country by the Digital TV business unit. The Enterprise business is a B2B setup that provides customized telecom solutions to its corporate customers and both national and international long distance services to other telecom companies. The company also owns passive telecom infrastructure under its subsidiary Bharti Infratel Ltd. Bharti Infratel Ltd has 42% stake in Indus Towers Ltd. Together these two companies are the largest passive infrastructure provider for telecom services in the country. Its telecom equipment is provided and maintained by Nokia Solutions and Networks and Ericsson while IT support is provided by IBM.
Incorporated in the year 1995 with the name Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd, the company started as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharti Telecom Ltd. It was renamed as Bharti Airtel Ltd in the year 2006 in order to redefine its brand image, business objectives and scope of business activities.
Airtel’s business strategy of ‘total outsourcing’ and its ‘minutes factory model’ have been adopted by many players in the segment. But since 2014, the company has taken a series of steps to bring many of its functions in-house including network planning and IT. In just 10 years since its incorporation, the company has attained the pinnacle in Indian telecom sector with a subscriber base of approximately 230 million. The future looks promising for this Indian telecom giant.
Subscriber Base: 229.5 million
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The number of subscribers or subscriber base for the financial year 2014-15 was taken as the criterion to rank the telecom companies operating in India from 1 to 10.