Bharti Airtel opens network to foreign carriers

11 Mar 2008

India’s largest GSM provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, is offering global long-distance carriers the option of using the Airtel network rather than having to acquire a licence to roll out their own network infrastructure in India. Airtel is also opening its network to prospective partners which already have a licence and are looking to expand into India with minimum capital expenditure. Included in any agreement, Airtel is offering dedicated ‘partnership managers’ to guide new players, as well as voice services, satellite services and a network to network interface. This follows the January 2008 launch of its ‘India with Airtel’ marketing campaign, which extends an offer to partner with any carrier wishing to enter India. Airtel president for enterprise services, David Nishball, explained that the company sees the entry of foreign carriers into India as a ‘market opportunity rather than a threat’.

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