Airtel joins ‘Seamless Alliance’ to offer in-flight connectivity
MUMBAI: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has joined the ‘Seamless Alliance’– which will usher in a new era of open innovation for mobile operators and airlines by empowering mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins.
Member operators, including Airtel, will be able to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – the same high speed, low latency connectivity from the ground, to air and back again. It will also significantly reduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positive user experience.
The ‘Seamless Alliance’ was formed in Barcelona today. Other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta, and Sprint. The global alliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the five founding members – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data access infrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.
Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal said, “We are delighted to be a founding member of this innovative technology platform to bring seamless connectivity to customers in the true sense. Over 370 million mobile customers across Airtel’s global network will be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high-speed data services even while they are in-flight. We look forward to collaborating with all partner members to ensure this platform goes LIVE at the earliest.”
Airtel is the third largest mobile operator in the world with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa.