Do you fly via planes frequently? Do you feel like you could have endless access to the internet services when on board? Oh, well, I have good news for you. That can actually be possible now. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday issued some suggestions and recommendations on its plan that will solve all your problems related to the mobile and internet facility when in a plane.
The in-flight connectivity (IFC) will allow you to use the internet while you are on a plane with some security-related conditions and then you are good to go.
Here's everything that you need to know before you enjoy all the perks.
Personal electronic devices (PED) will be put on flight mode, and mobile services will be allowed when the altitude of the plane is over 3,000 meters. TRAI will be provided with this facility, but most airlines opted for internet services as calls can be quite disturbing for other passengers.
Internet services through WiFi will be allowed in electronic devices which are in the airplane/flight mode. The regulatory body has recommended a separate category of 'IFC service provider'.
The IFC or in-flight connectivity service provider should be required to get itself registered with the DoT, and it need not necessarily be in Indian entity.
The requirements would be same for both Indian registered and foreign registered airlines.
"The onboard Internet traffic must be routed to a Satellite Gateway on Indian soil. Such an obligation should be imposed regardless of whether the satellite in question is an Indian Satellite System or not," TRAI said.
Most airlines are charged on the basis of the internet's usage, and the in-flight connectivity is much more expensive than on-ground connectivity.
Cover image source: DNA India
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