AOL expands to India with portal site

AOL is expanding to India with a new portal (in the English language) since "India is one of the world's fastest-growing online markets, and our India portal will help us compete for users and advertisers in this important region," said Ron Grant, AOL's president and chief operating officer. Although only a small fraction of India's population can speak it, English has become a common language in business and government circles in a country with a slew of spoken tongues. The AOL site will offer free e-mail accounts, search services powered by minority owner Google Incorporated and news and entertainment channels targeting Bollywood, cricket and other areas of interest to India's population. Google owns 5% of AOL, with the rest belonging to Time Warner Incorporated.

Although AOL has been dropping its Internet access businesses around the world, it has been making a bigger push at delivering content through free Web sites in hopes of boosting advertising opportunities. India has about 8.5 million Internet users, out of 1.1 billion people, according to government figures.

Link: AOL India Portal
News source: MSNBC

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Nah, definetly not for me. Its one more of those idiotic portals like rediff.com or sify.com ( Note : I am Indian! ) . I'd stick to neowin.net as my homepage ( Well one of :P )

I wonder if they will hire people in the UK, with the thickest local accents (I'll gladly donate my Dudley-drawl) then not train them at all, to provide the customers of AOL India with the same awful support we get with AOL UK...

Lol the information is so inaccurate "only a small fraction of India’s population can speak it". AOL is retarded. There are more Indian English speaking people than the entirety of North America.

Uh... your not reading the article correctly. Neowin, or the source, inaccurately stated that info: not AOL. AOL wasn't quoted saying that. Please read more carefully before jumping to conclusions.