|First Indian Telco to offer Google Apps on its portal
New Delhi, March 30, 2008: Airtel Telemedia Services, India’s largest private broadband and telephone service provider, today announced the launch of airtellive.com - its new all-in-one internet portal for Airtel customers. airtellive.com marks the first time a Telco in India has made Google products officially available on its portal.
On airtellive.com, customers will receive free access to the company's popular Google Apps™ messaging and collaboration suite, which includes Gmail™ email services, Google Docs™ for documents, spreadsheets and presentations, Google Calendar™ shared calendaring, and the Start Page feature for creating a customizable home page. The services will be co-branded and powered by Google and Airtel broadband. Airtel has also partnered with popular content leaders like shaadi.com, 24x7guru, naukri.com amongst others to offer exclusive deals and discounts on the portal.
Elaborating on the announcement, Atul Bindal, President, Airtel Telemedia Services, said “airtellive.com is a milestone in Airtel’s broadband strategy and it builds upon the current broadband ecosystem infrastructure to establish an Internet destination for web applications. It underlines our commitment towards simplifying and adding value to our broadband customers and driving the adoption of broadband in the country”.
The collaboration gives customers easy access to Google's simple and powerful web applications over Airtel’s fast, secure and reliable broadband network. Users benefit from both companies' product innovation to receive the best customer experience.
About Bharti Airtel Limited:
Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 61.91 million customers as of end of February 2008, consisting of 59.67 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.
Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities and is foraying into the IPTV and DTH segments. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 67,138 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in
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