Wifi above In­dian skies

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

IF YOU’VE FOUND your­self frus­trated at on­line black­outs over In­dian airspace, then some good news from Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity of In­dia (TRAI), which has an­nounced that voice and data con­nec­tiv­ity will soon be al­lowed on-board do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ights. e Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju con rmed this on Twit­ter.

e im­ple­men­ta­tion could take six months and TRAI still needs to work out de­tails with li­cens­ing, se­cu­rity, spec­trum re­lated is­sues and other con­di­tions. A mech­a­nism will be put in place for law­ful in­ter­cep­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of wi for se­cu­rity rea­sons. Once the pol­icy comes into play, air­lines will part­ner with ser­vice providers to set the new scheme into mo­tion. In- ight con­nec­tiv­ity al­ready ex­ists world­wide on air­cra man­aged by non-In­dian air­lines.

• A num­ber of Chi­nese air­lines have be­gun to al­low pas­sen­gers to use smart­phones dur­ing ights, fol­low­ing a loos­en­ing of the Civil Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China’s (CAAC) re­stric­tions on in- ight mo­bile de­vice us­age.

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