Telecom Commission okays in-flight WiFi, voice services

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of an Air India aircraft.

File photo of an Air India aircraft.

Air passengers could soon have access to WiFi connections onboard aircraft as the Telecom Commission today approved a proposal in this regard.

“Exciting times ahead in Indian skies as Telecom Commission approved data and voice services in flights over Indian airspace,” Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, announcing the Telecom Commission’s decision.

The minister said that he will ensure “earliest implementation” of the proposal as the government remains committed to improving services of air passengers and making their travel delightful and hassle-free.

According to sources, the pricing of providing the services would be left to respective airlines.

The Home Ministry has already given its nod to the proposal.

The Department of Telecom had last year asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to give its recommendations on licensing terms and modalities for providing in-flight data and voice services.

(With inputs from PTI)