Jan 19: If the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has its way, airline passengers will be able to use mobile phones and the internet on aircraft soon.
According to a report quoting the regulator, it has recommended that both, Internet and Mobile Communication on Aircraft service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity in the Indian airspace. The proposal comes following the telecom department’s call to Trai seeking its views on introducing voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights in Indian air space.
It added that Internet and Mobile Communications should be permitted with minimum height restriction of 3000 meters on the Indian airspace. This has been mooted with a view on compatibility with terrestrial mobile networks.
Net services via Wi-Fi on aircraft need to be provided when electronic devices are permitted to be used only in-flight or airplane mode. This facility should be allowed to use only after boarding is complete and the aircraft is about to taxi, the Trai recommendation said.