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Airtel Will Open Up Location & Micropayment API’s In 3-5 Months; Vodafone No-Show

Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, is planning to open up its location and Micropayment API's in 3-5 months, Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel, said at a Lightspeed Venture Partners event. Amit Somani, Chief Product Officer at MakeMyTrip had tweeted these updates from the event, which he has verified to us. On being contacted by MediaNama, Airtel has declined to confirm or deny this, only saying that they have no comment to offer at this stage. We'd also asked Airtel for inputs on their plans for revenue share for billing, and the role of their VAS department, once an open API has launched, but they have declined to comment. Dev Khare of Lightspeed Venture Partners also confirmed to MediaNama that Vittal had spoken about opening up Airtel's API at their event. Vittal expects 100 million "real, deep smartphone" users…

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