Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wait gets longer for in-flight connectivity

New Delhi: You may have to wait longer for making calls and going online when flying. The government’s much-awaited in-flight connectivity plan is getting delayed – possibly by around a year -- as concerns over security as well as other procedural aspects have temporarily scuttled the move.
While the telecom ministry was initially expecting the measure to be rolled out soon, fresh developments have meant that neither the telecom operators, nor the aviation companies, will offer services immediately.
Telecom minister Manoj Sinha said that “there may be a year’s delay” in the rollout. Top officials in the ministry said one of the key concern has been with regards to the use of “international gateways” that connect to telecom and internet services.
“While the committee of secretaries (CoS), led by the Cabinet Secretary, had said that Indian/local gateways and satellites should be used for providing internet services, many companies are in favour of foreign gateways as they may already have prior tie-ups with them,” Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. “We will now take the matter back to the CoS on this specific issue.”
12/06/18 Pankaj Doval/Times of India