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Indus first in world to have 100,000 towers

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Indus Towers, a joint venture between three top telecom companies— Airtel, Vodafone and Idea— today became the first company in the world to have over 100,000 towers under its management. Bharti and Vodafone, each hold 42 per cent stake in Indus Towers, while Idea Cellular holds 16 per cent.

“In a short span, has built a robust, scalable, asset centric operating model, which provides passive infrastructure services to all operators on a non- discriminatory basis with enhanced focus on energy efficiency,” said Akhil Gupta, chairman, Indus Towers. The company is increasing its portfolio by nearly 7,000 additional tower tenants every month and is working towards a tenancy ratio of two per site.

“Indus will also be opening a state-of-the-art 24x7 Tower Operating Center by July 2009, which will monitor, control and analyse all tower site related activities to provide a better network uptime to its customers,” a company statement said.

The company is also working with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India) to explore the possibility of integration of energy efficiency measures as well as renewable energy-based supply side options in telecom shelters in India and remains strongly committed to the reduction of carbon emissions.

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