Founded in 1976, by Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti has grown from being a manufacturer of bicycle parts to one of the largest and most respected business groups in India.
With its entrepreneurial spirit and passion to undertake business projects that are transformational in nature, Bharti has created world-class businesses in telecom, insurance, and foods.
Bharti started its telecom services business by launching mobile services in Delhi (India) in 1995. Since then there has been no looking back and Bharti Airtel, the group's flagship company, has emerged as one of the top telecom companies in the world and is amongst the top three wireless operators in the world.
Bharti Airtel has operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa– India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Over the past few years, Bharti has diversified into emerging business areas in the fast expanding Indian economy. The group offers – life insurance and general insurance to customers across India. Bharti also serves customers through its fresh and processed foods business. The group has growing interests in other areas such as mobile internet, real estate, training and capacity building, and distribution of telecom / IT products.
What sets Bharti apart from the rest is its ability to forge strong partnerships. Over the years some of biggest names in international business have partnered Bharti. Currently, Singtel, IBM, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent are key partners in telecom. AXA Group is the partner for the insurance business and Del Monte Pacific for the processed foods division.
Bharti strongly believes in giving back to the society. Its philanthropic arm, the Bharti Foundation is reaching out to approx. 3,50,000 students, engaging over 14,000 teachers across 15 Indian states through its initiatives in the education sector. The Foundation is also involved in supporting sanitation and hygiene awareness initiative. Its sanitation initiative, the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ is benefitting over 93,000 individuals in Punjab’s Ludhiana and Amritsar District.