Bharti Telemedia, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Ltd., today announced that it plans to launch the Direct To Home (DTH) [satellite TV broadcast] services by the last quarter of FY 2007-08. The company has received the Letter of Intent (LoI) for commencing its DTH services from the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Announcing the development, Mr. Manoj Kohli, President & CEO, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said, â€œThe launch of DTH services will add tremendously to our existing bouquet of integrated telecom offerings. We will be deploying world-class technology and infrastructure to offer the best in class DTH services to our customers.â€
The DTH services will be launched nationally by the company. Towards this, the company is setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure near Gurgaon (Haryana) for the purpose of uplinking and broadcast.
About Bharti Tele-Ventures
Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Indiaâ€™s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 44.67 million customers as of end of June 2007, consisting of 42.70 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.
Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Broadband & Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtelâ€™s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 40,000 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems – i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe.