The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in October is likely to invite applications from entities for providing in-flight Internet services, a senior government official said Tuesday. With in-flight connectivity, passengers would be able to make calls and browse the Internet during their flights in the Indian airspace.
Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said there was a long sitting with potential service providers, airlines and the DoT, following which a “certain road map” has been decided upon. The matter would now be taken to the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary, he added. Speaking at a press conference here, the secretary said the DoT has identified in-flight connectivity as a separate, standalone service requiring licence from it.
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“They (DoT) will be inviting applications for the services licence in October,” Choubey said. While mobile phone use would still be restricted during take-off and landing, the Telecom Department’s highest decision-making body has approved the lifting of a ban on the use of mobile phones and Internet services at cruising altitudes.