Telecom ministry is awaiting Law Ministry's response for in-flight tele-connectivity

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2018 19:19 hrs

New Delhi: Responses from the Law Ministry are awaited on a policy related to in-flight tele-connectivity.

On Wednesday, a PTI report said the Law Ministry could share its  responses as early as January (2019) paving the way for making calls in-flight and surf internet.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha explained reporters, "We have sought permission of Law Ministry, once that comes through...I believe that it will come in week or ten days....then we can start it."

On May 1, the Telecom Commission - the highest policy-making body of Department of Telecom (DoT) cleared a proposal for allowing wider in-flight connectivity, available in most of the developed markets. The decision is expected to pave the way for travellers to use internet and voice services on mobile phone during flights in the Indian airspace. In-flight connectivity norms will also cover maritime transport.

Government has, in the past, said it is committed to ensuring the earliest implementation of the inflight connectivity framework. Major airlines, including Air India and Vistara, have welcomed the government's decision on permitting in-flight connectivity.

Sinha while commenting on the launch of India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 commented that it was a new revolution in the area of communications, "particularly providing a big boost to the Bharat Net program in north eastern and hilly states, where high speed data will be available. We will be able to provide high-speed data connectivity in those areas," he added.