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Soon Use Internet Mid-Air in India as TRAI Recommends in-Flight Wi-Fi

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued its recommendations on in-flight connectivity in India, under which airlines can now offer both internet as well as mobile services on board aircraft.

According to PTI, TRAI has recommended allowing internet and mobile communication in flights. The telecom regulatory body said that the Wi-Fi services should be made available when devices are kept in the flight mode. It further suggested that separate category of in-flight service providers to be created.

“Both, internet and mobile communication on aircraft (MCA) service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) in the Indian airspace. The operation of MCA services should be permitted with minimum height restriction of 3,000 metres in Indian airspace for its compatibility with terrestrial mobile networks,” TRAI said.

“Internet Services through Wi-Fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are permitted to use only in flight/ airplane mode,” it adds. The regulator has recommended that a separate category of “IFC service provider” be created to permit IFC services in Indian airspace. “The IFC service provider should be required to get itself registered with the DoT and it need not necessarily be in Indian entity,” it says.

 TRAI said that for mobile services, there should be flexibility to IFC service providers in terms of use of technology and frequencies inside the aircraft cabin that should be consistent with international standards, provided no harmful interference is caused.
TRAI also suggested setting up a gateway in India to provide an effective mechanism to lawfully intercept and monitor the in-cabin internet traffic while the aircraft is in Indian airspace. All traffic on board should be touted through the satellite gateway, irrespective of the ownership of the satellite.
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