Bharti Telenet gets Delhi basic services licence

NEW DELHI, NOV. 1. Bharti Telenet Limited has become the fourth company to be awarded the licence to operate basic services here in the national Capital. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is the sole provider of basic services here while Tatas and Reliance are the other two companies to have received the basic service licence.

Although Bharti is the fourth company to get the licence, it might become the second company after MTNL to start its services. It has the advantage of operating cellular services in the national Capital since the mid-1990s.

Bharti, according to sources, plans to start its basic services before the end of this calendar year. Reliance may begin its services in March while the Tatas are understood to be aiming for a June launch.

The company's 400-km fibre optic network will cover an area of 1,100 across Delhi. ``We intend to start operations soon and will have on tap a host of new products and services for corporates, residential and Government establishments in the capital city,'' says Mr. Rohtash Mal, CEO of Bharti Telenet's Delhi operations. He was heading Maruti's marketing efforts until some time ago.

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