India finally gets go ahead for inflight connectivity

A passenger uses Lufthansa Systems BoardConnect. Inflight connectivity will soon be available in India.
A passenger uses Lufthansa Systems BoardConnect.

India is to finally get inflight connectivity after its Telecom Commission approved a proposal from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for inflight connectivity services that would allow users to freely surf the internet and make voice calls during flights.

According to reports, the commission approved a proposal on Tuesday for inflight WiFi on both domestic and international flights in India or Indian airspace.

Inflight voice and data services must be provided through Indian satellites or through satellites approved by the Department of Space for communication purposes, with gateways in India.

Reports say a separate category of licensee, called “in-flight connectivity provider” will be created with a token license fee of Re. 1.

Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan is reported a saying the commission also agreed to the creation of an ombudsman for dealing with telecom grievances.

The ombudsman will be set up under the TRAI.

In January 2018, the TRAI recommended that internet services like WiFI and inflight connectivity (IFC) should be permitted on domestic and international flights in the country.

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