Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has hinted that the rules to allow in-flight calling and internet surfing in the Indian airspace could come as early as January. He said that the Telecom Ministry has sought the views of the Law Ministry on in-flight connectivity rules and he is hopeful of notifying the norms soon thereafter.
“We have sought permission of Law Ministry, once that comes through…I believe that it will come in week or ten days….then we can start it,” PTI quoted Sinha as saying.
On May 1, the Telecom Commission of the Department of Telecom (DoT) had cleared a proposal for allowing in-flight connectivity, something which is already available in several developed nations.
“Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3-4 months it should be ready. We will be operationalising this decision immediately,” Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said at that time.