New Delhi, August 18, 2010: Bharti Airtel, one of the leading emerging markets’ telcos, today announced that it has achieved Gold Certification from Cisco®. With this, Bharti Airtel is the first Indian telecom service provider to achieve this certification. To earn Gold Certification, Bharti Airtel had to meet rigorous standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.
Drew Kelton, President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel said “We are pleased to announce our status as Cisco Gold Certified. The certification falls in line with our strategic goal of being the best resource to our customers’ needs. It is a mark of excellence and recognition of the exceptional level of service we offer to our customers. Combination of Cisco’s expertise with our services portfolio, uniquely positions us as a trusted ICT solution provider to our customers.”
“We are committed to providing the tools, training and programs that help drive partner growth, differentiation and profitability,” said Edison Peres, Vice President and Chief Go-to-Market Officer for worldwide channels at Cisco. “With specializations in Unified Communications, Routing and Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN, Bharti Airtel has made an investment in developing the capability to deliver the integrated and customized technology solutions for today’s customers’ demand.”
The Cisco Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco resale partner certifications—Gold, Silver, Premier and Select—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations—Master, Advanced and Express—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.
As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner Bharti Airtel has met the requirements for attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies by achieving the following four Cisco advanced specializations: Unified Communications, Routing and Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN. In addition, Bharti Airtel has integrated Cisco Lifecycle Services into their offerings and is required to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Gold Certification provides Bharti Airtel access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.
About Bharti Airtel Limited
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. The company offers mobile voice & data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV, DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national & international long distance services to carriers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek. Bharti Airtel had over 186 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2010. To know more visit www.airtel.in