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Aug 28, 2012

Bharti Airtel and Microsoft partner to address the growing ICT needs of SMB segment

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New Delhi, August 28, 2012 — Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it will deliver Microsoft’s cloud based Office 365 business productivity solutions to Small and Medium Businesses by provisioning the service through its cloud platform.

Under the agreement, Airtel will be able to power SMBs with access to Microsoft Office 365, addressing their connectivity and productivity requirements while allowing them to focus on their core business activities. Office 365 along with Airtel’s DSL and Internet Leased Ports/Lines (ILP) services will empower SMBs with the option to create a public facing website with their own domain name, access to the latest releases from Office 365, state-of-the art anti-virus & anti-spam solutions, and most importantly anytime, anywhere access to documents and emails, with best experience delivered on smart phones using Airtel’s network.

Announcing the partnership, Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to partner with Microsoft to address the growing ICT needs of the SMB segment. The partnership will allow us to become a virtual CIO for our SMB customers. According to industry estimates there is a growing affinity towards technology adoption in this segment and their IT spending is surging at a rate of 15% per year. SMB segment has shown a high adoption of Cloud computing especially SaaS - which contributes more than 50% to the overall cloud market. With our superior network experience and Microsoft’s dependable technology suite we will be able to offer cost effective and secure cloud services in a high growth SaaS market.”

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “We are pleased that Bharti Airtel will offer our world-class cloud productivity solution to SMBs in India. Agility, focus and cost are the key reasons why businesses are moving to a cloud and hence Microsoft’s partnership will allow Bharti Airtel’s customers to continue to stay ahead of the curve through solutions that truly fit their needs. The agreement will enable SMBs to take advantage of a secure cloud computing environment at an opex model based pricing.”

Office 365 poses to be the next leap of productivity for businesses in India, especially SMBs and puts the world-class collaboration tools at their doorstep:

· World class solution: It provides leading collaboration tools with enterprise-class security and a financially-backed Service Level Agreement. In the past, world-class collaboration tools were simply out of reach for most SMBs in India. Today, Office 365 provides productivity and collaboration solutions to the SMBs which were only available to larger enterprises earlier.

· Affordability: SMBs prefer a scalable environment and to meet their expanding needs, Office 365 offers an affordable and predictable monthly cost.

· Ease of Management: Office 365 provides ease of management, because it is a product ready to use. It eliminates the hassle of managing an IT team and helps SMBs cut down their IT expenditure heavily.

· Commitment to Privacy, Security and Compliance: Office 365 provides industry leading privacy and security controls that are independently certified and audited by third parties. Office 365 is the first major business productivity public cloud service to have implemented the rigorous set of physical, logical, process and management controls defined by ISO 27001. The Microsoft Trust Center (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/trust-center.aspx) contains up-to-date disclosures relating to Office 365 Security, Privacy, Regulatory Compliance, Audits and Certifications.

For more information, customers can visit www.airtel.in/office365

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 262 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2012. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

About Microsoft

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 nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

About Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. It includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products (including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server), delivered and accessed over the Internet, in effect, the next version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

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Tushar Makkar: tmakkar@microsoft.com


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