Infosys to provide technological support to Airtel's DTH service

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Bangalore, Oct 15 (UNI) IT major Infosys has entered into an agreement with Bharti Airtel to offer its innovation and technology to Airtel Direct-To-Home (DTH) service, Infosys Chief Operating Officer S D Shibulal said today.

Talking to newspersons after announcing the offering of Infosys Digital Convergence Platform for Airtel Digital TV, he said his company would provide a suite of products including devices, application servers and interactive applications that would focus on providing an enhanced 'digital lifestyle' to Airtel digital TV customers.

Declining to reveal the commercial part of the partnership, Mr Shibulal said technology was given on long-term lease and the patent right of the product would remain with Infosys.

To a question, he said as of now, the technology was offered to Bharti Airtel only and if any other customer was interested, it would be looked into.

Bharti Airtel Telemedia Service President Atul Bindal said the Airtel DTH launched today would be available in 62 cities and soon it would be made available in another 252 cities. At present, the service was available in eight languages, he added.

For the first time, there was a universal remote which enabled the viewer to switch on to any channel or information he needed including stock market, traffic situation and movies.

To a question, he said though no target had been set, it would be a great success, if the company would be able to cover its over 80 million existing customers throughout India, Mr Bindal said.

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