Friday, August 24, 2018

Indians will soon be able to make calls, browse internet during flight but there is a catch

New Delhi: The wait for air passengers to avail in-flight connectivity within the country's airspace is about to get over as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that it is in the final stages of rolling out the norms for inflight connectivity license for the airlines operating in the country.

According to a report by the Economic Times Tech, once the inflight connectivity license norms are rolled out, the DoT will give service options to the airlines and telecom operators in the country within two months. This means that if everything goes well, the Telecom Commission would allow in-flight connectivity as soon as October this year.

DoT officials said that the body has mostly followed the recommendations made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in drafting the guidelines and once the norms are approved by the department, it would approximately take two weeks to get approval by the law ministry. "Once the licenses are rolled out, then let the carriers and the telecom companies battle it out on who should take which service," the DoT official told the publication.
23/08/18 Sheta Ganjoo/India Today
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