Govt to allow data service under in-flight connectivity

Globally, many airlines are offering wi-fi for passengers, but they have to switch off the facility when they enter Indian airspace.

The government is planning to allow internet service in flights and water vessels within Indian territorial boundaries.

"Voice service will be allowed only after addressing security related issues," said an official in the DOT.

On the line most of the developed countries, India also proposed to allow in-flight connectivity both voice and data services to passengers on flights and maritime transport within the national boundaries.

The Telecom Commission earlier had approved lifting the ban on the use of mobile phones and internet services at cruising altitudes.

Though the Union Home Ministry allowed the data services under IFC (in-flight connectivity), it expressed security concerns on permitting voice service. We will address the issues raised by the home ministry soon,” said the official.

Globally, many airlines are offering wi-fi for passengers, but they have to switch off the facility when they enter Indian airspace.

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