"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," the statement added.
The global initiative, announced in Barcelona, will also look at bringing into its fold other industry operators beyond the five founding members.
Together, these members hope to "eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data access infrastructure". This will be done by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing, the statement added.
"We are delighted to be a founding member of this innovative technology platform to bring seamless connectivity to customers in the true sense," Gopal Vittal, CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said.
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.
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