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Galileo launches WAP-enabling software for travel sites

Galileo India, the Indian distribution arm of Galileo International, has launched what it claims to be India's first software that will WAP-enable Indian travel websites.

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NEW DELHI, August 25

Galileo India, the six-year old Indian distribution arm of Galileo International, has launched what it claims to be India's first software that will WAP-enable Indian travel websites. Chirstened 'Galileo Anywhere', the CRS (computerised reservation system) company says the software is a path-breaker in the eventual WAP-enablement of e-commerce in India.
For those not in the know, WAP or Wireless Application Protocol is a system by using which a consumer can surf and transact e-commerce using a mobile phone. To access a site using ones mobile phone, the phone, the site and the cellular service need to be WAP-enabled.
Though the WAP technology has been around in India for around a year now, it has been facing teething problems due to poor connectivity and narrow bandwith. Besides, it has been catering primarily to sites offering banking and financial services.
This is where Galileo steps in for travel sites; the Galileo Anywhere software claims to provide a complete WAP-enabling solution for travel sites in the country, thus enabling the traveler to surf the site and make bookings and cancellations, all from a mobile phone. Effectively, the much touted m-commerce or mobile-commerce now enters the realm of the Indian travel industry.
Raja Natesan, general manager, Galileo India, says, "Like the effect on most industries, the Internet is redefining the way the Indian travel industry functions, and will function. We, at Galileo India, aim to provide the platform for e-enabling the Indian travel industry cost effectively. Galileo Anywhere is one such product."
A similar product from Galileo's main competitor in India, Amadeus, is expected soon.

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