In a boost to airline sector, DoT proposes connectivity in planes

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New Delhi | February 18, 2017 11:22 AM

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed to allow in-flight connectivity which will help passengers get access to video, voice and data services when planes will fly over Indian airspace

The department is currently working on the proposal by the Civil Aviation Ministry.The department is currently working on the proposal by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed to allow in-flight connectivity which will help passengers get access to video, voice and data services when planes will fly over Indian airspace, giving a potential boost to the airline sector, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said.

The department is currently working on the proposal by the Civil Aviation Ministry and a final policy on issue is expected soon, an official told the paper. It has already sent a draft plan to modify the Indian Telegraph Rules and the Indian Telegraph Act nearly a month ago to a panel of secretaries but the proposal came back with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Space seeking certain changes.

“When it went to the committee, it got support from a number of departments, including civil aviation, DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion). Home and space departments raised some issues which will be addressed in the final policy,” the official was quoted to have said by the paper, adding that a revised proposal would be made to the panel by end of this month.

The connectivity in the flight can be provided through ground-to-air communication and satellite communication but the DoT suggestion is mainly focused on providing connectivity on-board through satellites. Some of the concerns raised pertained to satellites and whether Indian or foreign satellites would be used.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs specifically wanted to know if legal interception will be possible, and it is possible. This will be addressed in the revised proposal,” the official added.

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