Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises – which operates Airtel – has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is amongst the world’s oldest and most respected global business organisations.
Founded in 1919, ICC represents private-sector views to national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world. It advocates for free trade and the market economy, working through a network of national committees and direct members in over 130 countries. ICC was awarded the highest level consultative status with the United Nations (UN) in 1946, and since then has represented the private sector by engaging in a broad range of activities with the UN and its specialized agencies.
Sunil Bharti Mittal is a member of several premier international bodies – Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, Telecom Board of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the leading UN Agency and also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission at ITU. He is a member of the India-US CEO Forum, the India- UK CEO Forum and India Japan Business Leaders Forum. Appointed by the Prime Minister of India, he is also the Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and the India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum.
Sunil Bharti Mittal is also associated with several academic institutions – as member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, member of the Governing Body of London Business School, member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council and the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Business School.
ICC, the largest and most representative business organization in the world, is a global network comprising over 6 million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries, with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC.
In other Airtel-related news, the Nigeria, industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has scored Airtel Nigeria high in key Quality of Service parameters, saying the leading telecoms operator has met all targets in Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Measurements carried out in December, 2012.
In the Commission’s report entitled Quality of Service Indicators for Mobile Operators in December 2012 and published in key National Dailies on March 28, 2013, Airtel was given a clean bill of health as it met all the KPI targets as signed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between telecoms operators and the NCC for Drop Call Rate (DCR), Call Set-up Success Rate (CSSR), Traffic Channel Congestion (TCHcong) and Stand Alone Dedicated Control Channel Congestion (SDCCHcong).
In the four network measurement criteria, Airtel proved to be the best performing operator as it outperformed other operators in key indices, recording the lowest drop call rate and also recording the least congestion on the Traffic Channel Congestion parameter.
Commenting on the computation methodology of the report, the NCC said Key Performance Indicators were measured using a weighted average. “KPI statistics were collected in December 2012 from Airtel, Etisalat, Glo and MTN. To ensure that areas with higher population densities and thus higher traffic generating have a bigger effect on the computed Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of operators, the consolidated KPI figures at the national level per operator are weighted averages.