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Airtel Wins Triple at Industry Awards

…Named Telecoms Brand of the Year, Most Innovative Telecoms Company and Customer Friendly Operator
By Bharti Airtel Limited
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LAGOS, Nigeria, September 10, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria ( on Saturday night clinched three industry Awards at the prestigious 8th edition of the Nigerian Telecoms Awards.


The telecoms operator beat other competitors to emerge the Industry's Most Innovative Telecom Company of the Year, Telecom Brand of the year and Customer Friendly Operator of the year at the well-attended event marked by a huge presence of dignitaries from both the private and public sectors.

According to Awards' citations, Airtel emerged overall best in the three categories following its enviable strides in charting new paths in meeting the demands and needs of its esteemed stakeholders through superior brand experience, a rich portfolio of innovative products and services ranging from exciting voice solutions to inventive data packages and mobile broadband.

On the Customer Friendly Operator Award, the organizers said, “this is the third time Airtel Nigeria is coming tops in the Customer Service category in the history of the Nigerian Telecoms Awards, and this clearly demonstrates the commitment of the management to treat their customers as more than just a connection”.

Also emphasizing the reasons why Airtel emerged the Telecoms Brand of the Year and the Most Innovative Network, the citation said: “Right from when the Airtel brand was launched in Nigeria in November, 2010, the company has maintained a singular focus of exciting and delighting telecommunications consumers across the country with relevant solutions to enable them fulfill their dreams and realize their full potentials.

“Aside rolling out exciting telecoms offerings such as 2Good Time, Quick Talk, 3.75G, Airtel 5X and Special RCVs for Data/Internet consumers among several others, the company has also ensured that customers get the very best experience on its network.”

Specifically, Airtel was commended for delighting “telecoms consumers in Nigeria with pocket-friendly and innovative offerings, bonuses, and exceptional customer relations policy.”

Mr. Rajan Swaroop, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, described the awards as an eloquent testimony to the enterprising and resilient spirit of staff of the company, saying everyone at Airtel Nigeria is passionate about creating value for telecoms consumers as well as exceeding their expectations.

He dedicated the award to all employees of the company just as he assured that Airtel will continue to pursue its brand vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians.

Speaking at the occasion held at the Incubator Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Telecommunications Awards, Chief Alex Akinyele said the awards are sustained by credibility, describing the Industry event as the most credible in the Nigerian Telecoms space.

He pledged that the Board of Trustees will continue to live above board to retain the credibility of the Awards among stakeholders.

Also speaking at the occasion, the pioneer Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, in his speech, commended the organizers of the Awards saying, “though a lot of progress has been made since the advent of telecommunications in Nigeria, initiatives such as the telecoms awards spur further development that can ensure that Nigeria keeps pace with developments and innovations across the world.”

Some of the notable dignitaries at the event were the Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Rauf Aregbesola, His Deputy, Mrs Grace Titi-Laoye Tomori, the pioneer Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Ernest Ndukwe, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, former Minister of Communications, Chief Olawale Ige and former Minister of Defence and Communications, Bello Halilu Mohammed.

Airtel was represented at the event by Jaideep Paul, Chief Finance Officer; Awadesh Kumar Kalia, Chief Technical Officer; Ajay Bakshi, Customer Services Delivery Director; Adebayo Osinowo, Regional Operations Director, Lagos Region and Solanke Abimbola, Financial Controller.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Bharti Airtel Limited.

Bharti Airtel Limited ( is a leading integrated 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 Africa, the airtel brand is present in both Francophone and Anglophone markets spanning Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In these countries, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 262 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2012