Bharti to buy Alcatel Lucent stake in JV
The entity is currently a JV between Airtel and Alcatel Lucent. The move is in line with the company’s new business model to manage fixed line and broadband networks.
The entity would operate independent of Bharti. Going forward, it would invite other operators to join in with equity participation and bring the management of their broadband and fixed line networks under its fold.
In a statement, Bharti said it was introducing a new business model for managing fixed line and DSL broadband networks, on the lines of Indus Towers. Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary Bharti Infratel holds 42%stake in Indus Towers, with the remaining stakes in the company with Vodafone (42%) and Idea (16%).
“The operations of the entity will be strengthened by the transition of proven tools, processes and all manpower and skilled resources from the existing joint venture,” the statement said. Shishir Kumar, currently Bharti Airtel’s CEO (Upper North) has been appointed as the CEO of the entity.
“With this innovative model, we are breaking new ground in an industry which is on the cusp of a massive data growth,” Bharti Airtel’s outgoing CEO (India and South Asia) Sanjay Kapoor said.
This new model, along with the recently launched network experience centre at Manesar, would provide greater control for Bharti Airtel over the delivery of a world-class data experience to customers, he added.
However, the financial details of
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