AOL on Wednesday announced the next steps in its ambitious global expansion effort with the launch of new local language versions of the AOL India portal, www.aol.in, and the launch of Truveo’s popular video search engine serving eight countries, including India.
“India is a very important market for AOL, and these announcements show our commitment to serving online consumers here with a robust portal and industry leading video search tools,” said Ron Grant, President and COO of AOL. “These are also important steps in our ongoing efforts to make AOL a truly global company. We started this year with three international portals in Europe, and we will end 2008 with a presence in 30 countries around the world.”
AOL.in is launching content channels in the Hindi and Tamil languages, improving the breadth of AOL’s offerings at a time when the online audience in India is skyrocketing. The number of Internet users in urban India has grown by 28% in the past year, and about 60% of all active online Indians (30 million) prefer to read in local Indian languages.* The Hindi and Tamil language portals will have language sections in News, Cinema and Astrology.
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the country’s largest Internet access businesses, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.