Bharti Enterprises is a pioneer in telecom sector and the group is widening its horizons by entering new business areas such as insurance and retail. Bharti Enterprises has created a vantage position for itself in the global telecommunications sector. Bharti Airtel Limited occupies numero uno status in mobile telephony in India while its brand 'Beetel' is the largest manufacturer and exporter of world class telecom terminals.
Founder of Bharti Group is Sunil Mittal. In 1983, Sunil Mittal entered
into an agreement with Germany's Siemens to manufacture the company's
push-button telephone models for the Indian market. In 1986, Sunil
Bharti Mittal incorporated Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) and his company
became the first in India to offer push-button telephones, establishing
the basis of Bharti Enterprises. This first-mover advantage allowed
Sunil Mittal to expand his manufacturing capacity elsewhere in the
telecommunications market. By the early 1990s, Sunil Mittal had also
launched the country's first fax machines and its first cordless
telephones. In 1992, Sunil Mittal won a bid to build a cellular phone
network in Delhi. In 1995, Sunil Mittal incorporated the cellular
operations as Bharti Tele-Ventures and launched service in Delhi. In
1996, cellular service was extended to Himachal Pradesh. 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 Mumbai 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. Today, Airtel is the laegest cellular
service provider in India.
Companies of Bharti Enterprises
Bharti Airtel: Bharti Airtel is India's leading provider of
telecommunications services. The company provides GSM mobile services
across India in 23 telecom circles and broadband & telephone
services in 90 cities.
Bharti Teletech Ltd.: Bharti TeleTech manufactures and exports
world-class telecom equipment under the brand Beetel'. It is the only
Indian telephone company to be present in 30 countries mapping 5
continents. The company's product range include Basic Telephones, Caller
ID Phones, Caller ID Boxes, Cordless Phones, 2.4 GHz Digital Cordless
Phones, DECT 1.8 GHz Phones, and Set Top Boxes.
Telecom Seychelles Ltd: Telecom Seychelles Ltd provides
comprehensive telecom services including GSM Cellular, PSTN (Fixed
Lines), Fax and Data, International Roaming, connectivity to Internet
Services, Maritime Telecom Services (INMARSAT) and International Collect
and Credit Card calling, in Seychelles, under the brand 'Airtel.
Bharti Telesoft Ltd: Bharti Telesoft Ltd provides value added
services and solutions to wireless and wireline carriers worldwide.
Bharti Telesoft Ltd ha deployed products and solutions in 25 countries
to over 100 network, and has a customer base of 150 million across 5
TeleTech Services (India) Ltd: TeleTech Services (India) Ltd is
a joint venture between TeleTech Holdings, Inc., world's leading
full-service provider of business process outsourcing and Bharti
TeleTech Ltd. The company offers offer the entire spectrum of
front-to-back-office business processes ranging from voice and non-voice
customer support, back office administration (including credit and
collections, account maintenance, application processing, claims
processing, asset management, document management etc.), sales and
marketing (including database marketing, marketing support, web sales
and marketing etc.) to global customers.
FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd: FieldFresh Foods (P) Ltd is an equal
partnership venture between Bharti Enterprises and ELRo Holdings India
Ltd, an investment company of the Rothschild family. The company
provides premium quality fresh produce to the markets worldwide and
promotes world class standards for agricultural practices, progressive
farming techniques & identification and adoption of appropriate
Bharti Retail Pvt Ltd: Bharti Retail Pvt Ltd. is a 100%
subsidiary of Bharti Enterprises. Bharti Retail is planning to launch
its retail outlets in multiple consumer friendly formats in several
cities across India.
Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007