Bharti Infratel Ltd.

Bharti Infratel Ltd.

Bharti Infratel’s core mission is in line with the Bharti Group’s philosophy of building businesses which positively impact the society we live in. As one of the pioneers of Shared Passive Telecom Infrastructure services, Infratel has helped Telecom operators maximize their reach in a short period of time – by providing them compelling capex saving opportunities, as a result, making them focus their investment in reaching out to more and more communities across the country, and contributing in offering highly affordable telecom services which helps integrate more subscribers into the mainstream, and connect them to the rest of the world. In the long run, this helps change their socio-economic status, and improve their ‘quality of life’.

Timeline:

  • Mid 90s & early 2000s: Infratel is a function within Airtel and is responsible for managing the passive infrastructure of Airtel’s wireless business (‘Passive Infrastructure’ collectively refers to the Tower, the real-estate area in the tower site, the diesel generator sets, and the equipment shelter).
  • Early to mid 2000s: Airtel is at the forefront, of the Telecommunication revolution sweeping the country. More and more players enter the telecom business; reducing ARPUs increase pressure on operators to minimize capital investment and maximize reach in a short time.
  • July 2007: Bharti Infratel is created as an independent tower company to provide compelling capex saving opportunities to telecom service providers, while optimally utilising Airtel’s large tower base
  • November 2007: Indus Towers created as a Joint Venture between Bharti Infratel, Vodafone and Idea. Infratel has 42% stake in Indus

Benefits to the operator:

  • Reduced Capital Investment - as new infrastructure need not be created exclusively for them
  • Faster Time-to-Market - as these towers have a large geographic footprint, and cover existing, high-revenue Telecom circles
  • Operational efficiencies - as best practices adopted by the market leader automatically benefit them too
  • Revenue maximization – The savings in Opex and Capex due to sharing of infrastructure, can be diverted to provide better, newer and more innovative services that yield higher ARPUs

In India, Infratel has over 30,000 towers, across 18 states, and 11 Telecom circles, and still growing. Bharti Infratel also has a 42% stake in Indus towers which was created as a Joint Venture between Bharti Infratel, Vodafone and Idea to hive off the Towers business in 12 circles.