Bharati Airtel Joins Global Alliance to Bring Fast Internet Data Connectivity to users
India’s largest telecommunications operator, Bharti Airtel, said today that it has joined a new global partnership to bring high-speed and long-haul flight data connectivity to mobile customers.
The global Seamless Alliance, whose other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint, will work to take advantage of satellite technology to offer high speed data connectivity to mobile users even when they are in the air, according to an Airtel statement.
“Airtel has joined the Seamless Alliance to open a new era of open innovation for mobile operators and airlines through the enhancement of mobile telephone operators to expand their services to airlines,” the statement added.
The global initiative, announced today in Barcelona, will also see incorporate as a whole other operators in the industry beyond the five founding members.
Together, these members expect “to eliminate the immense costs and obstacles commonly associated with the acquisition, installation and operation of data access infrastructure.” This will rationalize the integration and certification of the system, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers and facilitating simple and integrated billing, the statement added.
“We are pleased to be a founding member of this innovative technology platform to bring a simple connectivity to customers in the true sense,” said Bhatt Airtel, Gopal Vittal, CEO (India and South Asia).
More than 370 million mobile customers through the global Airtel network can enjoy uninterrupted access to high-speed data services even when they are in flight, he added.
Airtel is the third largest mobile operator in the world with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa.
“We look forward to collaborating with all partner members to ensure this platform goes Live at the earliest,” Vittal said.