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PRESS RELEASE: OMC wins GTB innovation award

Bharti Infratel and OMC Power Awarded Best Consumer Service Innovation Award at Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards

Delhi, June 19, 2013Bharti Infratel and OMC Power’s joint initiative in developing the RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) model has been awarded “Best Consumer Service Innovation” at this year’s Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation awards.

These prestigious awards, organised by the industry’s leading publication GTB magazine, celebrates the joint work of vendors and operators in innovative projects that better serve the telecom industry’s end customers.

OMC Power and Bharti Infratel picked up the award for their joint work in pioneering micropower for telecom tower infrastructure and rural communities.

OMC builds Micropower Plants in rural and remote locations in India. These plants harvest energy from renewable sources and supply reliable, affordable and renewable power to telecom tower infrastructure companies. This means that Bharti Infratel can eliminate the need for diesel generators and reduce carbon emissions in those telecom tower sites; powering just one mobile base station with Micropower means an annual CO2 emission reduction of 40-50 metric tons.

OMC Power also provides power to off-grid rural communities. Every day, OMC Power delivers solar charged LED lanterns and portable PowerBoxes to homes and small businesses. The PowerBoxes – portable power sockets – are used to power a variety of electrical appliances including mobile phones, LED lights and fans.

DS Rawat, CEO of Bharti Infratel, said: “We are proud that our work has been recognized in this way. Bharti Infratel’s deep insights into telecom tower infrastructure power requirements have shaped the model of both power generation and distribution, with an SLA guaranteeing 24X7 power uptime. On the other hand, OMC’s years of experience and research into rural community energy needs and provisioning have resulted in a groundbreaking service.”

Rohit Chandra, COO and Co-Founder of OMC Power, said: “We are a young company but have already changed the way power is supplied in off-grid rural areas in India. For telecom companies, OMC has moved electricity from heavy capital expenditure to manageable and scalable Opex. At the same time, rural communities are finally experiencing the socio-economic development they have waited so long for. Our target is to provide renewable electricity to 10 million people and 3,500 telecom towers by the end of 2015. This really is the time for Micropower.”

ABOUT BHARTI INFRATEL

Bharti Infratel is India’s leading provider of tower and related infrastructure and it deploys, owns and manages telecom towers and communication structures, for various mobile operators.

The Company’s consolidated portfolio of over 82,000 telecom towers, which includes over 35,000 of its own towers and the balance from its 42% equity interest in Indus Towers, makes it one of the largest tower infrastructure providers in the country with presence in all 22 telecom circles.

The three leading wireless telecommunications service providers in India by revenue – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular – are the largest customers of Bharti Infratel. The Company has been the industry pioneer in adopting green energy initiatives for its operations.

For further details visit www.bharti-infratel.com.

ABOUT OMC

OMC is the first power company to transform the provision of electricity in rural India into a commercially viable, sustainable and scalable business. Its Micropower Plants – small-scale, local power plants using renewable energy sources – vastly improve the quality of life and stimulate economic growth and prosperity in the rural areas where they are being deployed.

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