Monday, February 05, 2018

In-flight connectivity: Surfing in the sky

With the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, (Trai) in January giving its nod to in-flight voice and data connectivity, domestic and international fliers within the country’s airspace will soon be able to make calls and browse the internet.

India’s existing laws did not allow access to the internet while aboard an aircraft. 

Several Indian airlines are now expected to follow their global counterparts and offer services like Wi-Fi on flights.

At present, Emirates, Qatar Airways, JetBlue Airways and Turkish Airlines and others provide internet services on international routes.

In India, the charges for in-flight internet are likely to be between Rs500 and Rs2,000 for 30 to 60 minutes, in line with international rates.

Wi-Fi in airlines is provided by service providers such as Inmarsat, Viasat, Gogo, Panasonic Avionics and Global Eagle Entertainment. 
05/02/18 Manu Balachandran/Forbes India