Telecom Commission gives nod to in-flight connectivity facilitating in Indian airspace

Telecom Commission gives nod to in-flight connectivity facilitating in Indian airspace
Telecom Commission gives nod to in-flight connectivity facilitating in Indian airspace

New Delhi : The Telecom Commission has approved in-flight connectivity facilitating both voice and data calls in Indian airspace, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said in New Delhi.

"Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within three months it should be ready," she told reporters after the meeting on Tuesday.

In January, the Telecom regulator or TRAI had recommended allowing mobile phone calls and Internet services like Wi-Fi on domestic and international flights in India. "The authority recommends that both, Internet and Mobile Communication on Aircraft (MCA) service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) in the Indian airspace," TRAI had said in its recommendations on 'In-Flight Connectivity' (IFC).

The operation of MCA services should be permitted with minimum height restriction of 3,000 meters in Indian airspace for its compatibility with terrestrial mobile networks," Trai had recommended.