TRAI Gives Nod For In-Flight Mobile Calls & Internet Access
Descrip -Air travellers in India and also those flying over the country can now have onboard access to internet and mobile phone services with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) allowing in-flight connectivity (IFC) on Friday. The decision paves the way for airlines to offer these services once they meet certain security norms. While internet can be provided from the moment a plane taxies and personal electronic devices put on "flight mode", mobile phone services will be allowed when aircraft are flying above an altitude of 3,000 metres. "We have allowed both mobile communication on aircraft (MCA) and onboard internet as IFC in Indian airspace. Now it is up to airlines which one of these to offer," said a Trai official. Most airlines globally offer Wi-Fi on board as allowing mobile calls is seen as "too much of a nuisance" for fellow travellers.