Airtel joins ‘Seamless Alliance’ to bring uninterrupted In-Flight Connectivity to Customers

Hyderabad, February 26, 2018 – Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) today said that it 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.

Memberoperators, including Airtel, will be able to continuously provide theircustomers - via satellite technology - the same high speed, low latencyconnectivity from ground, to air and back again. It will also significantlyreduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positiveuser-experience. 

Theformation of ‘Seamless Alliance’ was announced today in Barcelona. Otherfounding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint.  The globalalliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the fivefounding members – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonlyassociated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data accessinfrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing openspecifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers,and enabling simple and integrated billing. 

GopalVittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said: “We are delighted to be a foundingmember of this innovative technology platform to bring seamless connectivity tocustomers in the true sense. Over 370 million mobile customers across Airtel’sglobal network will be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high speed dataservices even while they are in-flight. We look forward to collaborating withall partner members to ensure this platform goes LIVE at the earliest.” 

Airtel isthe third largest mobile operator in the world with operations in 16 countriesacross Asia and Africa. 

“What if thebest internet you ever experienced was in the air? Keeping this goal in mind,together, we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience forpassengers everywhere,” saidGreg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman ofOneWeb. “With the launch of our first production satellites set for laterthis year, we’re one step closer to bridging the global Digital Divide on landand in the air.” 

“Easy-to-use,high-speed connectivity is part of the next revolution in aerospace,” said MarcFontaine, Airbus Digital Transformation Officer. “We’re excited to createthis seamless experience for our airline customers and their passengers. As weshowed with our Skywise aviation data platform, Airbus is committed toinnovation that creates value across the aviation industry.” 

“We knowthat Delta customers have an expectation that their internet connection justworks – no matter where they are in their travel journey” said GilWest, SEVP & COO. “Delta is constantly looking at innovative ways toimprove the customer experience. We are excited to be collaborating with othervisionary companies, and that our existing partner GoGo will be joining thealliance as Delta develops a system that not only benefits Delta customers, butthe entire airline industry.” 

“With our 5Gnetwork rolling out next year we’re investing heavily to make sure ourcustomers have the best mobile Internet experience possible,” said DowDraper, Chief Commercial Officer, Sprint. “As an initial member of theSeamless Alliance, we’re looking forward to enabling customers to experienceSprint’s high-speed connectivity in the air, hassle-free.” 

MichaelSmall, CEO of GoGo added:  “As the current market-leader in inflight connectivity, GoGois excited to join the Seamless Alliance. We look forward to working with thealliance to develop future generations of inflight connectivity, which willprovide airline passengers worldwide with simple, fast and reliableconnectivity” 

To learnmore about the Seamless Air Alliance, and how to become a member, please signup at www.seamlessalliance.com


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