SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jan, 2018
The Indian industry on Friday welcomed the proposal of TRAI
to allow both Internet access and mobile phone calls on board aircraft in
"It is a progressive move and good for today's travellers who want to be
connected all the time," Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) with Yatra.com told IANS.
"Also brings India in line with the more developed markets where it has
been in existence for a while now. The airlines will have to make significant
investment of time and resources for this to get implemented so it may take a
while for it to actually come into use."
The Indian telecom regulator on Friday recommended that both
Internet access and mobile phone calls should be permitted on board aircraft in
The TRAI said to promote the adoption of
in-flight connectivity, IFC service providers should be allowed to be set up at
a flat annual token licence fee of Re 1. The framework recommended for IFC
services in Indian airspace should be made applicable to all types of aircrafts
such as commercial airlines, business jets and executive aircrafts, it said.
"The operation of mobile communication on aircraft (MCA) services should
be permitted with minimum height restriction of 3,000 metres in Indian
airspace," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said.
According to independent aviation expert Amrit Pandurangi, the move is a step
in the right direction, "but as usual with poor civic sense amongst
passengers, this will result in disturbance and nuisance to