In next 3-4 months, these services are likely to be launched, services will start working when aircraft reaches an altitude of 3,000 metres
The Hush Post: Those who had been complaining of not been able to use their mobile phones for calling and not been able to surf internet while being in flights, would be glad to know that soon calling on mobile phones and internet surfing will be possible while flying.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s highest decision-making body –Telecom Commission– has okayed the proposal of in-flight mobile and data connectivity, Business Standard reported on Tuesday.
As per a top DoT official these services are likely to be launched in 3-4 months by the service providers, the report said.
Notably in January, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended the creation of an in-flight connectivity (IFC) service provider, which will pay an annual licence fee of Re 1 initially, after entering into an arrangement with telecom operators. The telecom regulator had proposed IFC providers should be permitted to use either INSAT (Indian Satellite System, or foreign satellite capacity leased through the department of space) or foreign satellites outside INSAT systems in Indian airspace, the report said.
According to the report, in-flight connectivity services will be available when the aircraft reaches an altitude of 3,000 metres. The restriction is being imposed in order to maintain compatibility with terrestrial networks, the report said.
A DoT official reportedly said that the department will make the necessary changes to the relevant laws to create a separate category of licences for in-flight connectivity operators, which could be telecom service providers. “After making the amendments, the department will invite applications from service providers,” he official was quoted as saying.
The report said that the Telecom Commission also has given nod to set up an ombudsman for redressal of grievances in the telecom sector. Trai will set up the ombudsman and for that necessary amendments will be made in the Trai Act. According to the current Act, the regulator doesn’t have the powers to set up an ombudsman, report said.
Besides, approval was granted to internet telephony services which will allow users to make calls through a wi-fi or any internet connectivity to any mobile or landline, report said.