Bharti to merge fixed and mobile businesses

1 Mar 2006

Indian telecoms group Bharti Tele-Ventures has announced plans to reorganise its business and merge its fixed line and mobile operations under the banner Bharti Airtel. The new structure will see the wireline (Tele-Ventures), broadband (Bharti Infotel) and wireless (Bharti Cellular, including Bharti Mobile, Bharti Mobitel, Bharti Telenet and Hexacom) businesses merged into one company headed by former mobile president Manoj Kohli. Three new posts of joint president have been created for a trio of new strategic business units – broadband and fixed telephony, mobility and enterprise services.

Incorporated in July 1995, Bharti Tele-Ventures claims to be India’s largest private sector provider of telecoms services. Its business is split between cellular and fixed line operations, although it is the wireless operations which account for over 92% of subscribers and the bulk of revenues. By the end of 2005 it had 17.52 million subscribers, of which 16.33 million were GSM customers and 1.2 million were broadband and fixed line subscribers.

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