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Domain Names and Brands – Lack of understanding

I got atleast 10 people showing me the site http://www.airtel.com/ and laughing off how Vodafone has taken over Airtel site…. and I pity everyone who’s thinking something like this without understanding what actually is behind all this.

First the domain name airtel.com doesnt belong to Bharti Tele Ventures Ltd, the Airtel service provider that we know in India. They have their site up at http://www.airtel.in/ or at http://www.airtelworld.com/

Second, if your organization’s name is India, doesnt imply that you would surely get http://www.india.com/ domain available.. if its taken u might try and negotiate to buy the domain from the existing owner but thats about it.

Also, Airtel is a brand patented by Bharti only in India (to begin with) and can be used by any other organization anywhere else in the world and Vodafone has it in Spain…. so they got the site’s domain name registered long before our Airtel did.

Airtel and Vodafone might seem competitive in India.. they are actually working as a joint venture in Jersey which I imagine is somewhere in UK.

So I would really recommend all the forward freaks to get their facts straight before fwd junk and occupying valuable bandwidth.

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