Bharti Telecom

Bharti Airtel has become one of the fastest- growing operators in the emerging markets since it began operations in November 1995.
Bharti Airtel has become one of the fastest- growing operators in the emerging markets since it began operations in November 1995.PHOTO: REUTERS

Holding company: Bharti Telecom

Main investment: Bharti Airtel

Ranking: No. 1 in India

Mobile subscribers: 256 million in India, nine million in South Asia, 77 million in Africa

Market value: $27.8 billion; listed on India's National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange

Focus: Mobile, home services, digital TV, Airtel business and tower infrastructure

Airtel has become one of the fastest-growing operators in the emerging markets since it began operations in November 1995.

It has the largest optical fibre network among private operators in India and India's widest 3G footprint, but is battling with rival Reliance Jio for 4G supremacy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2016, with the headline 'Bharti Telecom'. Print Edition | Subscribe