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Flights May Soon Have Phone Call & Internet Services

By Olga

On Friday, the 19th of January, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended to the Indian government to allow mobile phone calls and internet services like wi-fi on domestic and international flights in India, reported PTI.

Flights May Soon Have Phone Call & Internet Services

The telecom regulator said that using satellite and terrestrial network, in-flight mobile telephony and internet services can be allowed, but after providing a mechanism for lawful interception and monitoring of wi-fi in aircraft cabins to ensure safety.

This recommendation will go to telecom ministry where the final decision and implementation will take place.

The Department of Telecom had asked for TRAI's recommendations on introducing voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights in Indian air space on 10 of August 2017.

Trai also said that Internet services through wi-fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are permitted to be used only in-flight or airplane mode and announcement regarding this should be made after boarding is completed and the aircraft is about to taxi.

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