Airtel Joins Seamless Alliance to Offer In-Flight Connectivity to its 370 Million Customers

World’s third largest telecom operator Airtel today announced its partnership with Seamless Alliance to offer high-speed in-flight data connectivity to Airtel mobile customers across the globe. Airtel currently has over 370 million subscribers across the world with operations across 16 countries, and the company stated that all the Airtel customers would be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high-speed data services even while they are in flight. This is the first global partnership for the year, and other founding members of Seamless Alliance include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint.

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The founding members will work towards leveraging satellite technology to offer high-speed data connectivity to mobile users even when they’re flying. This partnership is announced at the ongoing Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona.

“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,” a statement from Airtel added.

“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,” said Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

As stated, Airtel has now become a member of Seamless Alliance, which allows the telco 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.

In-flight connectivity in India has been approved by the government, and the service will be open to travellers in the next couple of months. It would be interesting to see the in-flight connectivity service in local airlines.

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Atheist
February 26, 2018 4:07 pm 4:07 PM

Dharti pe network aata nahi aur ye aasmaan mein lootne ke plans bana chuke

Priyansh Singh | Kashipur (Uttarakhand)
February 27, 2018 7:50 am 7:50 AM

Hahaha

Love Airtel
February 26, 2018 10:49 pm 10:49 PM

Nonsense. Airtel has great network all across India

Atheist
February 27, 2018 3:50 am 3:50 AM

Mere gharpe na 3g aata hai na 4g. Just its 2g. And its in central mumbai (metro city!)

Airtel User
February 26, 2018 11:39 pm 11:39 PM

BS, come out of your cave and see how slow airtel have become with low arpu users loading everyday !

Priyansh Singh | Kashipur (Uttarakhand)
February 27, 2018 7:51 am 7:51 AM

+1

Chetan
February 27, 2018 6:08 am 6:08 AM

I agree with Airtel user here… Airtel speeds have become pathetic COMPARED to Jio. Even places where Airtel launched max mimo , speeds have become horrible . I believe this could be due to more users from smaller network coming in and Airtel giving huge data on lower plans…

Airtel User
February 27, 2018 3:24 pm 3:24 PM

Exacly Chetan, though its airtel fault as they should add more infra into its network but no one will deny that all LOW ARPU 20-30-40-50rs consumers from RCOM, Aircel, Docomo, Telenor are coming to airtel and loading the airtel network.

adil
February 26, 2018 2:01 pm 2:01 PM

Jio has gone mad. I receive a call and it gets dissconected.

Ayan
February 26, 2018 1:43 pm 1:43 PM

It will be better if they can join hands to Delhi metro(not confirmed about others cities). In delhi metro they are really pathetic on the other hands Jio implemented Lte with CA in underground too where others do not have even 2G

Priyansh Singh | Kashipur (Uttarakhand)
February 27, 2018 7:51 am 7:51 AM

True That!!

Airtel User
February 26, 2018 8:06 pm 8:06 PM

Jio 4G is excellent in metro, airtel dont work underground.

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