The department of telecommunications moved a proposal regarding the WiFi facilities plan for the fliers.As we already know that currently phone calls and and WiFi services are disallowed on flights flying over the Indian airspace.
Today, member Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha declared in Rajya Sabha that The Department of Telecommunications proposed for providing fully WiFi connectivity for on flight fliers.He also mentioned that in this technologically advanced era, it is becoming impossible for us to survive without internet connection even if the journe is just two hours. Its nearly an integral part of our lives now.
In a written reply , he says that the proposal for providing on board WiFi services involves amendments of provisions of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. And also amendments of Indian Telegraph Rules.
Various countries like US allow in flight WiFi connectivity.
Globally, many airlines across the world offer WiFi for the travellers but as per the Indian airlines norms they have to switch off their mobiles phones, laptops etc as soon as they enter Indian airspace.
The WiFi connectivity can be provided to the passengers through satellite or air to ground connectivity. And in both the cases the latter will be more costly.
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