Cook later met Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, one of India's leading telecommunication companies which was the first to launch 4G in India and is set to offer it countrywide. It is learnt from sources that almost their meeting at Airtel's office lasted an hour and top officials of Airtel including Gopal Vittal, managing director and CEO (India & South Asia) were also present.
Kavin Mittal, founder and CEO of hike messenger, also made a presentation to Cook. "You will see a reliable signal quality after 4G which is critical for India's progress," Cook had earlier told the TV channel. According to a recent report by global investment advisory CLSA, India's 3G and 4G subscribers have tripled to 120 million in 24 months but as affordability increases, the market will expand to 300 million by March 2018. These 300 million subscribers will account for 60 percent of sector revenues. Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, the only operators with pan-India 4G spectrum in 2,300 MHz, will lead this opportunity.
"We are also planning to bring Apple Pay to India," Cook told NDTV. Apple Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service that lets users make payments through Apple devices. "There is nothing like having customers telling neighbours you should buy Apple products. Word of mouth is the best marketing," Cook observed. Apple CEO is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Cook arrived in New Delhi after watching an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Kanpur on Thursday.
He began the Delhi leg of his visit with a call at his corporate office where he was greeted by Apple India employees. Defying the scorching heat, Cook visited an Apple store situated at DLF Galleria, Gurgaon. "I went to one store in the morning and I was very happy what I had seen there," he told the TV channel. On the second day of his India visit, he inaugurated the tech giant's map development centre in Hyderabad and visited a women's college. For the map development centre, Apple has partnered with Noida-based RMSI, a leading IT services player that offers GIS, analytics and software services. Cook also revealed plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru a day earlier.