digital TV from Airtel to premiere Percept’s “8×10 Tasveer”

-         Available from June 5 on Pay Per View for Rs. 50 -

 

New Delhi, June 2, 2009: digital TV-the DTH service from Airtel-today announced the television premiere of the Akshay Kumar-starrer 8×10 Tasveer on its Pay Per View (PPV) service. Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and produced by Percept Picture Company,8×10 Tasveer is a story about a man who has a supernatural gift of being able to delve into the past of dead people by touching an object belonging to them. The movie will premiere on June 5 at Rs. 50 on digital TV and customers can order the movie either on the website www.airtel.in/digitaltv or by SMSing the Movie Code to 54325. The movie will also be available for customers of digital TVinteractive -the IPTV service from Airtel- and can be ordered from the TV itself.

 

 Announcing the TV premiere, Sugato Banerji, Vice President – Marketing, Bharti Telemedia said, “By showcasing popular and recently-released movies such as 8×10 Tasveer on our PPV service, we offer our DTH customers the luxury of blockbuster entertainment right in the comfort of their homes – all for a very nominal price. This comes close on the heels of the premiere of other recent titles like Delhi 6 on our PPV service. Airtel digital TV customers can look forward to enjoying many more such hit titles in the days to come”.

 

Navin Shah, CEO, Percept Picture Company Limited, says, “Akshay kumar starrer Jumbo and Hello featuring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif were some of the recent movies which we premiered on digital TV and have seen tremendous success. We are pleased to now offer 8×10 Tasveer on PPV to audiences at home. Our partnership with Airtel digital TV will provide many more exciting titles over time that viewers will appreciate.”

 

digital TV – the DTH service from Airtel – uses the latest MPEG4 standard with DVB S2 technology, which translates into exceptional picture clarity and consistent high-quality audio for the customer. It brings many firsts to the DTH segment in India including a Universal Remote which operates both the Set Top Box and TV set as well as Interactive Applications which give customers the freedom to book movie tickets, travel package and shop for branded products, among others. Users can also access city-specific news and update themselves on the latest stock news. We are also the only one to offer our customers the pleasure of listing to ad-free Worldspace Satellite radio. All this is backed by 24×7 customer care.

 

About Bharti Airtel Limited:

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider with operations in India and Sri Lanka, with an aggregate of 100 million customers. Bharti Airtel Limited has been voted as India’s most innovative company, in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

 

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband and telephone services in 95 cities, DTH services and has recently forayed into the IPTV services. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 101,337 Rkms 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. For more information, visit: www.bhartiairtel.in

 

About Percept Picture Company (PPC)

Established in 2002, Percept Picture Company (PPC) is India’s fastest growing and fully integrated Content Creation, Aggregation and Distribution Company. PPC expertises in producing Motion Pictures, Television Software, Film Distribution and Marketing, Ad Film Production, Corporate Films, Live Events and Special Projects. PPC produces innovative and quality films through an efficient film making process, by integrating content production, distribution, tie-ups for exhibitions, broadcasting and music rights. Through innovative marketing, content quality and distribution techniques, PPC has succeeded in securing long term relationships with its clients.

 

Percept Picture Company is a part of Percept Holdings, a strategic holding company that promotes, owns and manages a spectrum of marketing communication companies. Percept Holdings has a capitalized billing of INR 16.5 billion and employs over 1,000 employees in 64 offices across 22 locations.

 

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Airtel & Nivio Launch Net PC – A low cost online computer at Rs. 7999

*  A next-generation computer that never goes obsolete and never crashes
* 10 GB data storage space from Nivio, original and latest software from Microsoft with every Net PC
* Ready-to-use online computer complete with 15” LCD monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and Nivio Companion
* Available at Airtel Stores and NEXT Electronic Stores in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida

Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecom service provider, today announced its entry into the cloud computing space with the launch of Airtel Net PC – a low-cost online computer for its broadband customers. The Airtel Net PC is a ready-to-use computer – inclusive of a 15 inch LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse and Nivio companion – offering just about everything a PC does at a fraction of the cost. It is available at only Rs. 7999 exclusively for Airtel broadband customers in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. K. Srinivas, Joint President -Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel’s entry into the space of cloud computing, with the launch of the Net PC, is part of our strategic intent to remain focused on enhancing the broadband experience for our customers by offering innovative and collaborative products. This comes close on the heels of our other innovations that include the recent launch of Airtel Online Desktop and the pioneering of 16 Mbps high-speed broadband in the country.”

“With the Airtel Net PC, we bring a computing product for our broadband customers that is low-cost, secure and on-demand – a timely offer that will help them control costs and increase productivity” he added.

The Airtel Net PC – powered by Nivio and Microsoft – brings many advantages:

·        Provides a friendly Operating System with the Windows-based Online Desktop

·        10 GB space to store documents, photos, presentations at a central location

·        100% data security assures no loss of data or computer crash

·        Regular original software upgrades resolves the fear of obsoletism and escalating cost

Airtel broadband customers can purchase the Airtel Net PC by choosing from 3 entry packs –

1.         Home Pack – which at Rs. 699 per month gives an Airtel broadband connection at 256 Kbps speed with 3 GB Data Transfer PLUS an Online Desktop service with 10 GB storage and MS Office standard

2.         Professional Pack – which at Rs. 899 per month gives an Airtel broadband connection at 256 Kbps speed with 3 GB Data Transfer PLUS an Online Desktop service with 10 GB storage and MS Office standard with Admin rights

3.         Business Pack – which at Rs. 1199 per month gives an Airtel broadband connection at 256 Kbps speed with 3 GB Data Transfer PLUS an Online Desktop service with 10 GB storage and MS Office premium with Admin rights

Bharti Airtel crosses 100 million customers mark

Becomes the 3rd largest single country mobile services operator in the world and 6th largest single country integrated telco in the world

·         Announces a series of Network augmentation and Customer service initiatives

o        To roll out over 100,000 BTS sites across the country

o        To establish a State of the Art Customer Service Management Centre.

o        100,000 Airtel Service Centres to be set up in rural India by March 2010
Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading Integrated Telecom services provider, today announced that it has crossed the 100 million customers mark. This milestone makes the company the 3rd largest single country mobile services operator and sixth largest in-country integrated telecom operator in the world.

“The Indian Telecom sector, seen as providing the most affordable services in the world, has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. We are proud to have led the telecom revolution that made a positive impact on the lives of people in every corner of the country as well as the Indian economy. This remarkable journey to 100 million customers is a testament to the vision and commitment of a company that benchmarks itself with the best in the world”, said Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises. “We dedicate this achievement to the nation. This milestone reiterates the emergence of India as one of the world’s top telecom markets and we are delighted to be at the forefront of its growth. On this occasion, we would like to thank all our customers, partners and the Government of India for their constant support.”

The company had crossed the 75 million customer mark in August 2008 and 50 million mark in October 2007, making it one of the fastest growing telcos in the world. The first 25 million was achieved in July 2006.

Bharti Airtel announced a series of network augmentation and customer service initiatives. On the network front, Airtel will roll out 100,000 BTS sites by this year end to set up wider and deeper network coverage across the country. This will improve network quality and resilience; build redundancies and business continuity, to ensure that Airtel customers continue to experience a world-class seamless network for voice and data services. The company is planning to transform its entire fixed line network to IP/Broadband over a phased manner. This transformation will enable Bharti Airtel’s transformation to Next Generation Networks, offering advanced services like High-speed internet, Triple Play, Media-rich VAS, MPLS, VPN for both Retail and Business customers.

On the customer service front, Airtel has started a set of initiatives to empower the customer and currently its Self Service Option over SMS already has over 100 million hits in a month. It is also leveraging cutting-edge technology to build a state of the art Service Management Centre which will dynamically monitor and manage services to ensure that customers are always kept informed proactively.

Around 60% of Airtel’s customer additions come from rural areas. For the rural customers, Airtel has already set up 14,000 Airtel Service Centres and going forward the company is looking at having over 100,000 such centres across the country by March, 2010.

Bharti Airtel launches world’s first Windows-based Online Desktop on Airtel broadband

powered by Microsoft and Nivio. Partnership to lead affordable and easy access to computing in India

Personal, Secure and On-demand – Online Desktop is accessible through any computer with internet access and allows users to rent software per month

  • For Rs. 99 per month, customers get 5 GB of online storage space.
  • At Rs. 199 per month for the Retail Pack, customers get 5 GB of online storage space, free Anti Virus protection, Windows-based operating system, automatic backup –accessible from anywhere in the world
  • Specially-tailored Professional and Business Packs at Rs. 399 and Rs. 699 per month respectively that provide a Windows-based Operating System and MS Office

New Delhi, February 15, 2009: Bharti Airtel today announced the launch of the world’s first Windows based Online Desktop-powered by Microsoft and Nivio, giving access to a personal virtual desktop from any computer connected to the internet for Airtel broadband customers. This initiative will pave the way for easy and affordable access to computing and broadband in India. This service will be available to all Airtel broadband customers across 95 cities in the country.

On the occasion, Mr. Atul Bindal, President, Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel said, “With this initiative, Airtel hopes to increase computer and broadband penetration by making it easy, affordable and with low access barriers. Our Online Desktop platform – powered by Microsoft and Nivio – will be useful in making computing more accessible to SMBs, SMEs and SOHOs as well as individual home customers of Airtel broadband. This is part of our larger commitment to offer an enhanced broadband experience to our customers and to drive the adoption of broadband by innovating and collaborating”

Commenting on the announcement Mr. Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft India said, “Microsoft is committed to deliver solutions that help make it easier and more accessible for customers. This partnership with Bharti Airtel and Nivio brings us closer to this vision. We believe that Bharti Airtel’s strong reach will be able to deliver the power of computing to users in far flung areas. For the small office segment and home professionals – this is a timely offer that will help them control costs and also increase productivity – so important in the prevailing environment.”

The Online Desktop from Airtel brings many firsts for broadband users in India:

· 5 GB space to store documents, photos, music, presentations, software at a central place

· The freedom of accessing your data anywhere, anytime

· Free Anti-Virus protection which makes stored data safe and secure

· Original and latest software on a rental basis – pay as you go

· Reduced IT infrastructure cost with no cost of CPU

· Unified billing with service usage included in monthly Airtel broadband bill

The Online Desktop service is powered by Microsoft and Nivio and backed by 24×7 customer care from Airtel.

Airtel Business Services (ABS) is a separate business unit at Airtel, created to offer tailor-made telecom and IT solutions to Small and Medium Businesses. ABS is forging new partnerships with leading IT and Telecom solutions providers to offer SMBs an exhaustive suite of vertical and IT infrastructure solutions.

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About Bharti Airtel Limited:

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider with operations in India and Sri Lanka with an aggregate of over 91 million customers as of end of January 2009, consisting of 88.38 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel Limited has been voted as India’s most innovative company, in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband and telephone services in 95 cities, DTH services and has recently forayed into the IPTV services. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 90,205 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. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in

About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 16 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, and Pune.

About Nivio: Always turned on

Nivio is a utility-computing company that makes the complex world of computing as easy as Cable TV for consumers and businesses. Users can now simply enjoy the “use” of computing without the headaches and complexities associated with them (installing applications, constantly upgrading, fighting viruses, data loss etc). In short, Nivio provides a full virtual Windows Desktop that can be accessed through any internet connected computer and soon any internet connected device. For the 5 billion without a computer, Nivio is their first and for the rest, its their last. Online Desktop provides unrestriced storage, unrestricted power, un-tethered by location.

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