How Sunil Mittal Revolutionized the Indian Telecom Industry

Major Events Of Sunil Mittal’s Life

  • 1957: Sunil Mittal was born on October 23 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
  • 1976: Mittal graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Punjab University.
  • 1980: Mittal started a small business called Bharti Overseas Trading Company, which was focused on importing portable generators from Japan.
  • 1981: Mittal founded Bharti Telecom Limited with an investment of INR 20,000.
  • 1984: Bharti obtained a license to operate a push-button telephone service in Delhi.
  • 1992: Bharti Cellular Limited was launched in Kolkata, becoming the first private mobile phone service provider in India.
  • 1995: Bharti launched India’s first private fixed-line telephone service under the brand name Bharti Telenet.
  • 1997: Bharti Cellular Limited was rebranded as Airtel.
  • 2000: Bharti Airtel went public with an IPO that was oversubscribed 17 times.
  • 2002: Bharti became the first Indian telecom company to offer satellite-based services to remote areas.
  • 2004: Bharti announced a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications to create a telecom network across Asia.
  • 2006: Bharti entered into a joint venture with Wal-Mart for the retail business in India.
  • 2008: Mittal was elected as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • 2010: Bharti Airtel acquired the African assets of Kuwaiti telecom company Zain for USD 10.7 billion.
  • 2013: Mittal was appointed as the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • 2014: Bharti Airtel announced the acquisition of Loop Mobile, a Mumbai-based mobile network operator.
  • 2016: Bharti Airtel announced the acquisition of Telenor India.
  • 2018: Bharti Airtel merged with Telenor India, and Mittal became the Chairman of the merged entity.

Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist who is best known as the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business conglomerates. He was born on October 23, 1957, in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.

Mittal is considered one of the pioneers of the Indian telecom industry, and his entrepreneurial skills have been widely recognized. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Padma Bhushan award, one of India’s highest civilian honors. He is also a philanthropist and has established the Bharti Foundation, which works towards providing education to underprivileged children in rural India.